A Thread of Sky: A Novel (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

Summer '11 Reading Group 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

April 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

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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.

Praise For…


"[A Thread of Sky] is 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."
-Conan Putnam, www.chicagotribune.com

"Timeless and of the moment... A fluent storyteller, Fei entwines this family narrative with harrowing passages about the Rape of Nanjing and the oppression of early Chinese immigrants to America".
-The New York Times Book Review

"A Thread of Sky is a lyrical journey through the heart of contemporary China, and the family of women who make the pilgrimage across these pages are as complicated, broad-ranging, and fascinating as the country itself. Deanna Fei is one to watch."
-Ann Patchett, author of Run and Bel Canto

"A Thread of Sky is a remarkable debut by a gifted young novelist. Deanna Fei is an accomplished writer with keen insight into cross-cultural Chinese- American rootlessness and the ties that bind women of several generations. A wonderful book!"
-Anita Shreve, author of A Change in Altitude

"A Thread of Sky is a dazzling, heart-pulling debut. With gorgeous lyricism and rare power, Deanna Fei maps an intricate constellation of loss and love that illuminates the lives of three generations of women. The novel is a startling achievement, braided with history and hope and deep empathy, and it introduces readers to one of the most gifted and captivating storytellers of her generation."
-Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Corpus Christi: Stories

"Deanna Fei writes gracefully and with powerful insight and feeling about love and loss, homelands and promised lands, and the various roles of women in family and society. The reader follows her passionately searching characters to China with a brimming heart, and with admiration for a first novelist so full of promise."
-Sigrid Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind

"This had me at the first page. Fei's debut novel is both intensely enjoyable and, I think, important-this novel charts the cost of that famous Asian silence between generations, as a family takes in the price of it across several generations. But it is also an intimate portrait of that famous 'new China', as much of a surprise to Chinese-Americans as it is to the rest of us. Truly a book for our times."
-Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143118626
ISBN-10: 0143118625
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: March 29th, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English
 

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