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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Tsukiyama Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A powerful new novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution China, 1957. Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society: “Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.” Many intellectuals fear it is only a trick, and Kai Ying’s husband, Sheng, a teacher, has promised not to jeopardize their safety or that of their young son, Tao. But one July morning, just before his sixth birthday, Tao watches helplessly as Sheng is dragged away for writing a letter criticizing the Communist Party and sent to a labor camp for “reeducation.” A year later, still missing his father desperately, Tao climbs to the top of the hundred-year-old kapok tree in front of their home, wanting to see the mountain peaks in the distance. But Tao slips and tumbles thirty feet to the courtyard below, badly breaking his leg. As Kai Ying struggles to hold her small family together in the face of this shattering reminder of her husband’s absence, other members of the household must face their own guilty secrets and strive to find peace in a world where the old sense of order is falling. Once again, Tsukiyama brings us a powerfully moving story of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances with grace and courage.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bobbi Bullard | 2/4/2014

    " This was another winner from Ttsukiyama. Just a sweet story made more interesting with it's setting of mid-50's China. The writing is lovely and the story very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/9/2014

    " I thought I would love this book, and there was parts I really did like. But it seemed as though it jumped around to much for my liking. It was hard to stay with the plot of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sgilbert | 1/8/2014

    " I have read all of her books and simply adore her writing and ability to tell a story. She is just one of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suzanne | 1/5/2014

    " Gentle story, endearing characters. Easy read. "

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