A Thread of Sky (Paperback)

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This is the book for all of the women whose mothers made them read Snow
Flower and the Secret Fan. Now it's your turn to give one to mom!
Contemporary instead of historical fiction, this is a beautifully
written, emotionally complex novel based on the Asian American woman's
experience. To celebrate her mother's 80th birthday, Irene Shen
covertly plans to take her on a trip to visit her daughter and sister in
China, bringing her other 2 daughters unwillingly along. These 6
women, from 3 generations drive the novel. You want to know more and
more about them, and you spend a great deal of the book hoping against
hope for a resolution or bond of some kind to bring them all out of
their individual sadness. A beautiful book about what it means to be
family.

— Jessilynn

July 2011 Indie Next List


“Lin Yulan, a revolutionary and leader of the Chinese feminist movement, reluctantly returns to her homeland after a self-imposed exile. The purpose is to join with her two daughters and three granddaughters for a guided tour of 'the new China' in an effort for the nearly estranged women to reconnect. Each woman arrives in China with her own agenda, and each discovers that some shameful secrets are simply too heavy to bear alone.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

March 2010 Indie Next List


“Lin Yulan, a revolutionary and leader of the Chinese feminist movement, reluctantly returns to her homeland after a self-imposed exile. The purpose is to join with her two daughters and three granddaughters for a guided tour of 'the new China' in an effort for the nearly estranged women to reconnect. Each woman arrives in China with her own agenda, and each discovers that some shameful secrets are simply too heavy to bear alone. A very promising debut.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

Description


Deanna Fei is the author of the highly anticipated memoir GIRL IN GLASS, coming to bookstores this summer.
"One of those rare novels that delivers on the promise of its opening pages. This summer, no smart woman should leave on vacation without it." -ChicagoTribune.com

When her husband of thirty years is killed, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. In a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family, Irene plans a tour of mainland China, reuniting three generations of women-her fiercely independent daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year-old mother. But each woman bears secrets big and small, and just as they begin to reconnect, the most carefully guarded secret of all threatens to tear them apart forever. Depicting a China at once timeless and ever changing, A Thread of Sky is a beautifully written story of love and sacrifice, history and memory, sisterhood and motherhood, and the connections that endure.

About the Author


Deanna Fei was born in Flushing, New York, and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai. A graduate of Amherst College and the Iowa Writers' workshop, she has received a Fulbright grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and a Chinese cultural scholarship, among other awards. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143118626
ISBN-10: 0143118625
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: March 29th, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English

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