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Author: Lan Samantha Chang
From the acclaimed Chinese-American author, a story of two sisters and the deadly rivalry that comes to separate them. Beginning in 1925, it tells the story not only of one family, but of China across the turbulent years of the 20th century, through war, revolution, occupation and exile. When their mother dies, Junan and her little sister Yinan ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780297847960
ISBN-10: 0297847961
Publication Date: 10/14/2004
Pages: 352

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Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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Helpful Score: 2
Not the kind of book I care for. Too much detail, too many names to remember. I love Chinese women writers, yet I was unable to connect to this one.
I usually give a book 30 pages to capture me, gave this one 67.
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I could not put this book down. It is the story of 2 sisters in China, beginning during the war with Japan. Their mother has committed suicide and the sisters, Junan and Yinan swear to always be together. Junan has an arranged marriage but comes to love her husband, Li Ang, a soldier in the Chinese Army. They become separated when her husband goes off to fight against the Japanese. While China goes through the war with the Japanese, followed by the war between the Nationalists and Communists, there are tensions and betrayals in the lives of the sisters. The story is told by Hong, the daughter of Junan and Li Ang, who is trying to figure out what happened in the past to better understand why her family members are the way they are today. It's a story of betrayal and forgiveness, old China and new China, and what happens when a person doesn't forgive. It is a book of universal themes with a great deal of Chinese history intertwined. Once you start to read it is difficult to put the book down.

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