- Alumnae Spotlight
'Miss Burma' by Charmaine Craig '89 Now Available
"Mesmerizing and haunting."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Charmaine Craig '89 studied literature at Harvard College, received her MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Her first novel, The Good Men (Riverhead), was a national bestseller translated into six languages.
Her new novel, Miss Burma (Grove), is based on the lives of her mother and grandparents, telling the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of one family struggling to find love, justice, and meaning during a time of war and political repression. In this Q&A, Charmaine describes the research and writing process.
"Emotionally complex . . . masterfully renders the human condition in matters micro and vast . . . Like many of the best books, Miss Burma feels rooted in its time and place, while also laying bare timeless questions of loyalty, infidelity, patriotism, and identity—not to mention the globally perpetuated unfair treatment of women. It also raises one particularly resonant concern: What does it take to shake us out of complacency?"―ELLE magazine
"Charmaine Craig wields powerful and vivid prose to illuminate a country and a family trapped not only by war and revolution, but also by desire and loss. Both epic and intimate, Miss Burma is a compelling and disturbing trip through Burmese history and politics." ―Viet Thanh Nguyen