By Mingmei Yip
Set opposed to the colourful and intrigue-laden backdrop of Nineteen Thirties China, Mingmei Yip's spell binding novel explores one woman's defiant pursuit of independence.
Spring Swallow used to be promised in marriage whereas nonetheless in her mother's abdominal. whilst the groom dies sooner than a marriage can ensue, seventeen-year-old Spring Swallow is ordered to turn into a ghost bride to assuage his spirit. less than her in-laws' safeguard, she's going to be little greater than a servant, not able to understand true love or endure youngsters. Refusing to just accept her destiny as a "bad-luck woman," Spring Swallow flees on her marriage ceremony day.
In the town of Soochow, Spring Swallow joins a group of popular embroiderers. the ladies paintings for Aunty Peony, whose beautiful sewing as soon as earned her the Emperor's love. but if Aunty Peony consents to copy a recognized painting--a profitable project that may take a yr to complete--betrayal and jealousy emerges in the crew. Spring Swallow turns into entangled in each one woman's tale of heartbreak, even whereas she embarks on a deadly affair with a tender progressive. On a trip that leads from the distant hillsides round Soochow to cosmopolitan Peking, Spring Swallow attracts at the mystery options discovered from Aunty Peony and her personal indomitable energy, decided to forge a lifestyles that's actually her personal.
Praise For The Novels Of Mingmei Yip
"A distinct and mesmerizing kind. . .flawless." –Baltimore Books Examiner on The 9 Fold Heaven
"Surprising and sometimes humorous. . .Part epic, half coming-of-age tale, half glossy fairy tale." --Publishers Weekly on Song of the Silk Road
"A severe, enticing tale of religion, devotion, and the commingling of cultures." –Booklist on Petals From the Sky
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