Falling Leaves The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

ISBN-10: 0767903579

ISBN-13: 9780767903578

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Adeline Yen Mah

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Born in 1937 in a port city a thousand miles north of Shanghai, Adeline Yen Mah was the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family who enjoyed rare privileges during a time of political and cultural upheaval. But wealth and position could not shield Adeline from a childhood of appalling emotional abuse at the hands of a cruel and manipulative Eurasian stepmother. Determined to survive through her enduring faith in family unity, Adeline struggled for independence as she moved from Hong Kong to England and eventually to the United States to become a physician and writer. A compelling, painful, and ultimately triumphant story of a girl's journey into adulthood, Adeline's story is a testament to the most basic of human needs: acceptance, love, and understanding. With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains, Falling Leaves is a work of heartfelt intimacy and a rare authentic portrait of twentieth-century China.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 4/6/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Prologue
The Appropriate Door Fits the Frame of the Correct House
Converting Iron into Gold
Inseparable as Each Other's Shadows
Surpassing Loveliness Good Enough to Feast Upon
An Episode of a Spring Dream
Family Ugliness Should Never be Aired in Public
Climbing a Tree to Seek for Fish
Extend the Same Treatment to All
Inspired Scholar in an Enchanting Land
Each Day Passes Like a Year
Original Ideas in Literary Composition
Same Bed, Different Dreams
Is Anything Impossible?
One Lute, One Crane
Fish Swimming in a Cauldron
One Horse, Single Spear
Marry a Chicken, Follow a Chicken
You Plant Melons, You Reap Melons
Hearts Reduced to Ashes
Scales and Shells in the Belly
Heavenmade Union
Besieged by Hostile Forces on All Sides
Coarse Tea and Plain Rice
While Drinking Water, Remember the Source
Sever This Kinship with One Whack of the Knife
Creating Waves Without Wind
Near Vermilion, One Gets Stained Red; Near Ink, One Gets Stained Black
Wine and Meat Friends
Headless and Clueless Case
Opened the Door to Salute the Thief
Steal the Bell While Covering Your Ears
Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots
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