Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

by Adeline Yen Mah | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0767903579 Global Overview for this book
Registered by WestofMars of Mars, Pennsylvania USA on 9/29/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by WestofMars from Mars, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, September 29, 2007
From Publisher's Weekly:
Although the focus of this memoir is the author's struggle to be loved by a family that treated her cruelly, it is more notable for its portrait of the domestic affairs of an immensely wealthy, Westernized Chinese family in Shanghai as the city evolved under the harsh strictures of Mao and Deng. Yen Mah's father knew how to make money and survive, regardless of the regime in power. In addition to an assortment of profitable enterprises, he stashed away two tons of gold in a Swiss bank, and eventually the family fled to Hong Kong. But he was indifferent to his seven children and in the thrall of a second wife who makes Cinderella's stepmother seem angelic. His first wife, Yen Mah's mother, died at her birth, and the child, considered an ill omen, was treated with crushing severity. But she was encouraged by the love of an aunt and eventually made her way to the U.S., where she became a doctor, married happily and, ironically, was the one her father and stepmother turned to in their old age. In recounting this painful tale, Yen Mah's unadorned prose is powerful, her insights keen and her portrait of her family devastating.

Journal Entry 2 by WestofMars from Mars, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, October 07, 2007
A RABCK as part of a Buy a Friend a Book Week celebration. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by librarymousie from Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA on Monday, October 15, 2007
What a wonderful surprise to find this in my mailbox today! Thank you so much! I look forward to starting this soon.

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