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From the mines of Missouri to the mountains of China – and into the files of the FBI. This is the story of an extraordinary woman who suffered and transcended personal hardship throughout her life, always working for the poor and downtrodden. She became an international journalist and close to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, and was accused of being a Communist Spy. A novel about an American Radical and a truly independent woman.
Marlene Lee has worked as a court reporter, teacher, college instructor, and writer. Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in numerous publications. She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri and New York City.
"Passionate, idealistic, and uncompromising, Agnes Smedley was a gloriously unconventional woman. In No Certain Home, Marlene Lee splendidly brings to life this most unlikely of Midwestern heroines. A fascinating story, and a wonderful book." —Alex George, author, A Good American"A portrait of a self-educated woman who emerged from desperate poverty in rural Missouri into an internationally celebrated chronicler of the Chinese revolution. Lee’s novel gets just right the mixture of the political and personal that defined Agnes Smedley’s life." —Stephen R. MacKinnon, co-author, Agnes Smedley: Life and Times of an American Radical"This is a beautifully and deftly written account of the life of one of the most intriguing women of the first half of the twentieth century. It is also eerily relevant." —Gary Kremer, Director, State Historical Society of Missouri