The Immoderate Temper of Mrs. Chen's Daughter is the story of a woman who knows how to use a cleaver. It is an exploration of the Chinese proverb "to hit is to kiss, to curse is to love". It is a tale of China and Jews, of passion and politics, of revolution and mah-jongg. The author has traveled extensively in China. In this novel he writes of a time when Chinese history and Jewish history collide in the Shanghai ghetto.