The Three Daughters of Madame Liang Author:Pearl S. Buck In Madame Liang, Pearl Buck created one of her most memorable and convincing characters. She is the proprietor of the most fashionable restaurant in Shanghai. Despite Communist austerity, despite intrigue, despite Red Guards, she somehow manages to provide gourmet foods and elegant service; and to her come the highest officials,the most successf... more »ul merchants, the top military officers. All are her friends- or at least her customers.
Friends, too, had been the wealthy American family whose former luxurious home is now hers. The Brandons had to sell it and, with tearful farewells, return to America when the Communists came. But Madame Liang had never shed her loyalty to them and to America, and it was to America that she sent her three daughters to be educated.
Grace, Mercy , Joy- these are the daughters, now torn between China and America. Upon them, their lovers or husbands, their emotional and patriotic conflicts, focuses a story of turbulence and drama, tragedy and hope. The light that illuminates it steadfastly is Madame Liang's faith in the enduring qualities of China. Although a shocking climax overwhelms her, it leaves behind an undimmed hope that her country's full greatness will return and that she may have helped to hasten it.« less