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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
Author: Kelli Estes
The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets... — Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781492608332
ISBN-10: 1492608335
Publication Date: 7/1/2015
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
Members Wishing: 16
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starvinArtist avatar reviewed The Girl Who Wrote in Silk on + 57 more book reviews
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This is the first book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading another.

This is also the first book I've read about racism during the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act, how racism rose it's ugly head in the Pacific NW.

The story follows american born Mei Lien in the 1880s . The story begins where Mei Lien's father subjects her to what appears to be an unconscionable act of cruelty. This grabbed my attention immediately and made me want to know more.

The story is told in alternating pov. Mei Lien in the past and Inara Erickson, who is exploring the history of her family's property on Orca Island in the present day.

Highly recommend!!

(following borrowed from Amazon review---
Reminder that in 2023, there are (still) people in America who fear anyone who is different. The difference could be in the color of skin, or language or almond shaped eyes. Some choose to live in fear with all its negative manifestations like bigotry, anger, hatred. But not everyone. Some choose to live free, in truth.)

This is exactly why books should not be banned... the more you read and learn about history the more empathetic you become!!!
pj-s-bookcorner avatar reviewed The Girl Who Wrote in Silk on + 845 more book reviews
After reading Kelli Estes' book Today We Go Home, I checked to find any others she'd written. The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a story of fear, hatred, secrets and love. Written in two time periods - present day and late 1800's - Washington State. During the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act - which I had never heard of. Mei Lin and her family, along with all the Chinese living in the Seattle region, and forced from their homes and loaded onto a steamer heading back to China. Or so they were told. What they encounter is unspeakable - forever changing lives. But a family's secret links the former to the present and past enemies into new loves. Great historical fiction!