Dean and Jessica King are two of my oldest friends from college days in North Carolina. Dean is a writer and has published a number of non-fiction books to much acclaim. He and Jessica recently came to Los Angeles to promote his latest book, Unbound, which is coming out on March 24th. Last night, I attended a reading and presentation at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. The story tells of the amazing journey of thirty women who traveled as soldiers with Mao's army on The Long March. The Red Army covered more than four thousand brutal miles on foot, battling warlords and facing extreme deprivation. Babies were born and newborns were left on the trail. There were more than 80,000 men on the journey and tens of thousands died. All thirty women lived, though, and it is their story that Dean has chosen to tell, avoiding, as he says, the polemics of communism and capitalism to tell a story of great courage and humanity.
I look forward to reading this fascinating book and hope that you all might, too. Click here for Dean's website.
Jessica and Dean