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Inheritance
Inheritance
Author: Lan Samantha Chang
A timeless story of familial devotion undermined by deceit and passion and rebuilt by memory, by the acclaimed author of Hunger. — In 1931, abandoned after their mother's suicide, the young Junan and her sister, Yinan, make a pact never to leave each other. The two girls are inseparable -- until Junan enters into an arranged mar...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780393059199
ISBN-10: 0393059197
Publication Date: 8/2004
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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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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