Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the Boxer Rebellion in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child).
Four-Girl takes to her outcast status with a particular vigor. If she’s going to be seen as a devil, she is certainly going to act and look like one. She puts on faces, which causes her mother to take her to an acupuncturist who may be able to help “cure” her. The man is a Christian, and Four-Girl surreptitiously begins to see him to learn more abo