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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Tsukiyama Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627313
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As World War II threatens their comfortable life in Hong Kong, young Joan and Emma Lew escape with their family to spend the war years in Macao. When they return home, Emma has developed a deep interest in travel and new experiences, while Joan has turned to movies and thoughts of romance to escape the problems of ordinary life.

As the girls become women, each follows a path different from what her family expects. But through periods of great happiness and sorrow, the sisters learn that their close-knit family—their parents, their independent aunt Go, and Foon, the family cook—is a source of strength as they pursue their separate dreams.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delicately fashioned…Evocative.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Tsukiyama tells a quietly powerful and understated story of women finding their way in the world, and the strength they derive from family ties.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With unexpected poignancy…Tsukiyama skillfully demonstrates how the strength of family bonds can provide spiritual sustenance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Anna Fields captures the essence of these characters and their emotional lives as they grow, mature, suffer, and celebrate over the course of twenty-five years. Her voice is ever true to the personalities and situations. A rewarding production; recommended for fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “The tale grows in richness as it proceeds, a paean to the sustaining pleasures of family.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 2/19/2014

    " Chinese sisters grow up in Hong Kong and Macau after WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 2/14/2014

    " A growing-up story about two sisters and their multi-generational family. I did not like the narrative voice. I wished for a more personal tone. It was a good portrait of Hong Kong/ Taiwan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/7/2014

    " Loved the book. Ms. Tsukiyama's writing is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcie | 2/6/2014

    " An interesting look at family and the different paths in life siblings can take, but the bonds that hold them together nonetheless. Another excellent book by Tsukiyama. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 2/3/2014

    " I'm not sure Ms. Tsukiyama wrote this book. So disappointed all way thru, nothing like her extraordinary and memorial books as Women of the Silk and Language of the Thread. The plot and characters had a lot of potential here but the author falls short in creating any connection between the reader and the characters. I found it as interesting as The Big Red Book...see Spot Run, See Emma go to School..See Joan go to work...pass on this one friends! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/2/2014

    " I found the plot to be a bit slow and less captivating then her other works, but I still gave 3 stars bc I liked the characters & how she always gives you a feel for the culture - this time it was Hong Kong before/after the occupation by the Japanese in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/29/2014

    " It's been a long time since I've read this book, but there was not way I was going to part with it once I was done. I recently purchase The Samurai's Garden, so I'm looking forward to rereading all of her wonderful stories. Once I read this one again, I'll update my review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/24/2014

    " I have wanted to read a Gail Tsukiyama book for a very long time, but she was somehow always shuffled to the bottom of the pile. This was a very enjoyable read and I will read more by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/17/2014

    " Already enjoy reading this book. Great author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 12/20/2013

    " I could not get very excited about this book. I liked the characters but it just didn't grab me. I will try another of her books before I write her off (Julie says this was her least favorite). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvel | 12/19/2013

    " I really liked this book. The story of coming of age of two Chinese sister during and after WWII - and written by a Japanese woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 12/10/2013

    " Wow--very emotional, somewhat reminiscent of Amy Tan. Really makes the setting and the time come alive. Told from the point of veiw of the different women of the family in turns, you get to see the world through the eyes of the women at different ages. The whole book is fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 12/4/2013

    " This one is different and not as powerful as the others by Gail, but it is still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/5/2013

    " I've read all of Gail Tsukiyama's novels, and this one is my least favorite thus far. Wonderful descriptions that allow the reader to really get the feel of the settings, but the characters seemed a little flat (maybe she did that deliberately as a set up for a sequel). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 8/21/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the first of this author's I have read and would search out another of her books. The characters are well developed. Ms. Tsukiyama has a way of putting you directly into the setting. The story was captivated me from beginning to end. A well written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 6/12/2013

    " not my favorite of her books so far (women of the silk and language of threads are), although by the end I was enjoying it a lot more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Wilson | 5/9/2013

    " This was a great book about two sisters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/2/2013

    " Beautifully written. WWII, two sisters growing up in Hong, Japanese invasion, 1 sister becomes a movie star, another moves to San Francisco. Shows Chinese culture very well. I love this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 3/9/2013

    " Another good look at the effects of WWII on everyday people. This time from Hong Kong. This is a perspective we sometimes miss in the usual facts and statistics of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cymiki | 1/13/2013

    " quiet book yet filled with life. enjoyable read for vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/12/2012

    " Really liked it, could have been a little more in-depth "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/10/2012

    " This is a beautifully written book. I enjoyed reading the story of this Chinese family. I would have given it 3-1/2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/3/2012

    " My first Tsukiyama novel (I have another on my book shelf). She is a storyteller in the Amy Tan style. I liked her characters and the storyline. It is set following WWII in Hong Kong and follows a family of strong women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 cubbie | 8/22/2012

    " this book was fine, but it never really grabbed me. i also kept feeling like something really terrible was going to happen, but it never did. which is great for the characters, but it made the story sort of lukewarm for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Kenderian | 7/15/2012

    " I read this book one day out of curiosity. I originally thought it was about a Japanese family but it's actually about two Chinese sisters and how each of them live their lives. I really liked it and I could see myself reading this book again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlis | 4/9/2012

    " I rather enjoyed this story of what happened to two sisters in Hong Kong during and after WWII. And--it is short! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/29/2011

    " Solid storytelling and an interesting look into wartime and post- WW2 Hong Kong. I think I 've just read too many stories set in Hong Kong and this one didn't sing for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzn* | 6/15/2011

    " This took me awhile to read but it was worth it. I love Tsukiyama's storytelling. If you like Amy Tan you will enjoy this read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/11/2011

    " Loved the book. Ms. Tsukiyama's writing is amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 12/18/2010

    " I could not get very excited about this book. I liked the characters but it just didn't grab me. I will try another of her books before I write her off (Julie says this was her least favorite). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 10/1/2010

    " A growing-up story about two sisters and their multi-generational family. I did not like the narrative voice. I wished for a more personal tone. It was a good portrait of Hong Kong/ Taiwan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/25/2010

    " My first Tsukiyama novel (I have another on my book shelf). She is a storyteller in the Amy Tan style. I liked her characters and the storyline. It is set following WWII in Hong Kong and follows a family of strong women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/26/2010

    " Great family story - sisters, Aunts and parents
    seeking to find their way in life. interesting and a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 8/22/2010

    " I use to really like Gail Tsukiyama's books. The last few that I have read have only been fair, in my opinion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/13/2010

    " This book was the story of two sisters, their mother, their aunt, and their cook and involves forceful immigration and immigration by choice. I thought it was just ok. I didn't find myself caring about the characters too much, and just found most of it boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 8/10/2010

    " This is a beautifully written book. I enjoyed reading the story of this Chinese family. I would have given it 3-1/2 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 7/17/2010

    " Great book exploring the lives of two sisters who grew up in Hong Kong, spent WWII in Macao and return to Hong Kong for their adult lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 5/21/2010

    " By the author of "Women of the Silk" . The story line is set in Hong Kong and is of two upper-class sisters who follow different life paths. Enjoyable read if no earth-shaking messaging. h "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/27/2010

    " Already enjoy reading this book. Great author.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 4/8/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the first of this author's I have read and would search out another of her books. The characters are well developed. Ms. Tsukiyama has a way of putting you directly into the setting. The story was captivated me from beginning to end. A well written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 4/6/2010

    " Not bad--I just wish that this genre of book would end without so much tragedy... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/27/2010

    " It started out good, but kind of lost steam about half way through. I enjoyed it enough to want to read another of her books though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/26/2010

    " I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Similar writing to Amy Tan and how she writes about Mother's, Daughter's and their relationships. Though it wasn't "riveting", I didn't want to put it down. I would read another by this author. Probably Women of the Silk. "

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About the Author
Author Gail Tsukiyama

Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father. Her novels include Dreaming Water, Women of the Silk, The Language of Threads, and The Samurai’s Garden. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.