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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shawna Ryan Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Locke, California, 1928. Three bedraggled Chinese women suddenly appear out of the mist one afternoon in a small Chinese farming town on the Sacramento River, and their arrival throws the community into confusion.

Two of the women are unknown to the townspeople, while the third is the long-lost wife of Richard Fong, the handsome manager of the local gambling parlor, who had left her behind in China many years earlier and had not yet returned for her.

Richard's wife's unexpected arrival complicates his life in no small way---not least with two prostitutes at the local brothel he frequents. One, the beautiful young Chloe, depends on him but has eyes for someone else, someone even more forbidden: the local preacher's daughter. The other, Poppy, the psychic madam of the brothel, is desperately in love with Richard, and she begins to sink into despair as he grows further and further away from her.

As the lives of the townspeople become inextricably intertwined with the newly arrived women, Poppy's premonitions begin to foretell a deep unhappiness for all involved. And when a flood threatens the livelihood of the entire town, the frightening power of these mysterious women who arrived in the mist will be revealed. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue Deas | 2/11/2014

    " Ok. no surprises. chinese immigrants coming to america. life is tough. "

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

    " I thought the characters were very interesting and well developed. However, I think the author left a little too much to the reader's imagination. Trying to figure out exactly what was happening was difficult. Read to the end hoping to get some satisfaction but was left hanging. I give it 3 stars because I did like the characters and the basic story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/1/2014

    " The story jumped around so much between present, past and mystical that it was very hard to follow. Also it was hard to like the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dvnt_23 | 1/28/2014

    " Support my friend Shawna - buy this book....it's romantically written and a keeper for summer reading. Trust me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/27/2014

    " I wish there were half stars, as again I'd give this a 3.5. The story takes place in a Chinese immigrant town, Locke, on the Sacramento River in the early years of the 20th century. Three women arrive unexpected on a weathered boat, and turn the fate of the town. The beginning seemed a little loose and possibly inaccurate for the time, but this story took a great twist in the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 1/20/2014

    " Terrible! I don't even really know who half of the characters were because the writing was so confusing in an attempt to be artsy or something. It just bored the heck out of me. I rarely give a one. I even throw Danielle Steele a bone and toss her a two, the very rare times I read that tragic broad. "

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

    " I love reading books that take place in towns that I live somewhat close to. I am an Asian American Studies kid so this book was right up my alley. After reading it I went online and looked up everything I could on Locke, California. Shawna's depiction seems pretty accurate and well researched. My favorite character was Poppy See the brothel madam who pretty much can sense your whole life story and your future does by touching or smelling or tasting or any kind of "sensing" of something of yours. I like the juxtaposition of old traditional ways vs. new american ways. I love the potrayal of the brothels and dance halls, and the town, and how it depicts how lonely it was being a immigrant farm laborer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/16/2014

    " I usually really enjoy mystical realism, but this book didn't have the hope I associate with the genre. The characters were tragic with few redeeming qualities. The history was interesting, but I felt unsatisfied in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosa | 1/10/2014

    " The plot developed slowly. Great ending - so sad about Richard. Annie's sister wrote this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellymae | 12/29/2013

    " I absolutely must read more from this author. This book is vivid and earthy and yet very forgein, even though it is set in America. I will find more of her books. She is young, so I hope to see more in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 12/26/2013

    " An interesting and well-written book, if a bit explicit. The writing style is intersting. The author doesn't use quotation marks, which was weird at first, but gave the story almost a dream-like quality. The story switches between different charcters often. It was a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gus | 12/21/2013

    " Let me be the first to say: fucking gorgeous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 11/24/2013

    " This book was mediocre to me..I thought it would be a book that stood out with the descriptions given and previous reviewers, but what I found was that it didn't keep my interest. It was a short read, as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/3/2013

    " Misty, melancholic story set in California's Sacramento River delta. I need to get back there soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 3/1/2013

    " A hauntingly beautiful novel that captures the place and time of early California. I read this as I visited the Sacramento Delta area and took a boat cruise in the thick morning fog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoyfulK | 1/26/2012

    " Set in Locke (a Chinese community near Sacramento) in 1928, this poetic, elliptical novel chronicles the lives of several women as they deal with the highly segregated culture and the interactions between traditional Chinese beliefs and the realities of living in early-20th-century California. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 11/30/2011

    " I don't think I know how to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 8/21/2011

    " For me, reading this book was like looking at an abstract painting, knowing and agreeing that the artist has talent, and even understanding and connecting with the underlying emotions, but not liking the painting itself. I may try some of her other writing though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Corcoran | 2/20/2011

    " Her writing was really pretty unfotunately I was confused about who was who through most of the book. I think maybe there could have been fewer characters and maybe more depth to the main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/27/2010

    " This is written in an interesting style. I liked it. It chronicles an interesting period of history in the Sacramento River delta area. Recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nina | 10/13/2010

    " For me, reading this book was like looking at an abstract painting, knowing and agreeing that the artist has talent, and even understanding and connecting with the underlying emotions, but not liking the painting itself. I may try some of her other writing though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 9/22/2010

    " This book was mediocre to me..I thought it would be a book that stood out with the descriptions given and previous reviewers, but what I found was that it didn't keep my interest. It was a short read, as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/8/2010

    " Misty, melancholic story set in California's Sacramento River delta. I need to get back there soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/24/2010

    " Was magnificent, and troubling and absolutely incredibly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 7/23/2010

    " Won it through goodreads first reads. I almost missed my bus stop I was so engrossed in this one. An excellent read. "

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