Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Description:

In nineteenth century China in a remote Hunan county a girl named Lily at the tender age of seven is paired with a laotong old same in an emotional match that will last a lifetime The laotong Snow Flower introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she s painted a poem in nu shu a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret away from the influence of men br br As the years pass Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans compose stories on handkerchiefs reaching out of isolation to share their hopes dreams and accomplishments Together they endure the agony of foot binding and reflect upon their arranged marriages shared loneliness and the joys and tragedies of motherhood The two find solace developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive But when a misunderstanding arises their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)

Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1) Description:

Pearl and May are sisters living carefree lives in Shanghai the Paris of Asia But when Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city they set out on the journey of a lifetime one that will take them through the Chinese countryside in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers and across the Pacific to the shores of America br br In Shanghai is the Paris of Asia a city of great wealth and glamour the home of millionaires and beggars gangsters and gamblers patriots and revolutionaries artists and warlords Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father s prosperous rickshaw business twenty one year old Pearl Chin and her younger sister May are having the time of their lives Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition they couldn t be more different Pearl is a Dragon sign strong and stubborn while May is a true Sheep adorable and placid Both are beautiful modern and carefree until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides br br As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime one that will take them through the Chinese countryside in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers and across the Pacific to the shores of America In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter trying to find love with the strangers they have married brushing against the seduction of Hollywood and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination brave Communist witch hunts and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown s old ways and rules

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2)

Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2) Description:

In her most powerful novel yet acclaimed author Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls and Pearl s strong willed nineteen year old daughter Joy Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets Joy runs away to Shanghai in early to find her birth father the artist Z G Li with whom both May and Pearl were once in love Dazzled by him and blinded by idealism and defiance Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime Devastated by Joy s flight and terrified for her safety Pearl is determined to save her daughter no matter the personal cost From the crowded city to remote villages Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy hoping for reconciliation Yet even as Joy s and Pearl s separate journeys converge one of the most tragic episodes in China s history threatens their very lives

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Peony in Love

Peony in Love Description:

In seventeenth century China three women become emotionally involved with The Peony Pavilion a famed opera rumored to cause lovesickness and even death including Peony the cloistered daughter of a wealthy scholar who succumbs to its spell only to return after her death as a hungry ghost to haunt her former fianc who has married another

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

China Dolls

China Dolls Description:

b An exciting new novel set in the Chop Suey Circuit of San Francisco right before World War II from the beloved bestselling author of Snowflower and the Secret Fan and Shanghai Girls b br br In Ruby Helen and Grace three girls from very different backgrounds find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco s exclusive Oriental nightclub the Forbidden City Grace an American born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco s Chinatown And as both her friends know Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese At times their differences are pronounced but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams Then everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion and Ruby is one of them But which of her friends betrayed her

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Description:

Li yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea There is ritual and routine and it has been ever thus for generations Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate the first automobile any of them have seen and a stranger arrives br br In this remote Yunnan village the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people In her biggest seller i Snow Flower and the Secret Fan i See introduced the Yao people to her readers Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority the Akha whose world will soon change Li yan one of the few educated girls on her mountain translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence When she has a baby outside of wedlock rather than stand by tradition she wraps her daughter in a blanket with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling and abandons her in the nearest city br br After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways Li yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well loved California girl Despite Haley s happy home life she wonders about her origins and Li yan longs for her lost daughter They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family s destiny for generations

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family Description:

Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles s Chinatown and years of research See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese American family a work that takes in stories of racism and romance entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache secret marriages and sibling rivalries in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world photos

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Flower Net (Red Princess, #1)

Flower Net (Red Princess, #1) Description:

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Rating: 3.68 out of 5

Dragon Bones (Red Princess, #3)

Dragon Bones (Red Princess, #3) Description:

In a magnificent land where myth mixes treacherously with truth one woman is in charge of telling them apart Liu Hulan is the Inspector in China s Ministry of Public Security whose tough style rousts wrongdoers and rubs her superiors the wrong way Now her latest case finds her trapped between her country s distant past and her own recent history br br The case starts at a rally for a controversial cult that ends suddenly in bloodshed and leads to the apparent murder of an American archaeologist which officials want to keep quiet And haunting Hulan s investigation is the possible theft of ancient dragon bones that might alter the history of civilization itself br br Getting to the bottom of ever spiraling events Hulan unearths more scandals confronts more murderers and revives tragic memories that shake her tormented marriage to its core In the end she solves a mystery as big unruly and complex as China itself

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

The Interior (Red Princess, #2)

The Interior (Red Princess, #2) Description:

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Rating: 3.80 out of 5