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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Josanne La Valley Narrator: Zeynep Bilik Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9780385363877
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Things aren’t looking good for 14-year-old Mehrigul. She yearns to be in school, but she’s needed on the family farm. The longer she’s out of school, the more likely it is that she’ll be sent off to a Chinese factory—perhaps never to return.

Her only hope is an American woman who buys one of her decorative vine baskets for a staggering sum and says she will return in three weeks for more. Mehrigul must brave terrible storms, torn-up hands from working the fields, and her father’s scorn to get the baskets done. The stakes are high, and time is passing. The Vine Basket is powerful intergenerational story of a strong, creative young artist in a cruelly oppressive society.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For many readers, this book may be their first introduction to the Uyghur people, and La Valley strongly evokes the culture and struggles of an ethnic group whose future is less than certain.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In her debut novel, La Valley paints a memorable picture of this faraway people…A haunting tale of artistic vision triumphing over adversity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Josanne La Valley traveled across the Taklamakan Desert to the Hotan region of China, where she spent time among the Uyghur. The recipient of an MFA in writing children's books from Vermont College, Ms. La Valley lives in New York City. The Vine Basket is her first novel.