Falling leaves: a true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter

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"Riveting. A marvel of memory. Poignant proof of the human will to endure." -Amy Tan.

"Brilliant, compelling, and unforgettable. A heart-rending modern day Cinderella story set against the turbulence of 20th century China. Autobiography at its best." -Nien Chang, author of Life and Death in Shanghai.

"Charged with emotion...A vivid portrait of the human capacity for meanness, malice-and love." -Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans.

"Fascinating and heart-rending stuff...a harrowing story of emotional cruelty." - The Times of London

International bestseller.

The emotionally wrenching yet ultimately uplifting memoir of a Chinese woman struggling to win the love and acceptance of her family.

In this compelling memoir that scaled bestseller lists in England, Australia, and Hong Kong, Adeline Yen Mah chronicles her painful childhood growing up in a wealthy yet abusive Chinese family. The unwanted daughter scorned by her family, young Adeline dreamed of freedom and independence, ultimately escaping to the West to launch a successful career in medicine.

When Adeline's mother died giving birth to her, she was deemed bad luck and ostracized by her family. Then her father took a beautiful Eurasian bride and Adeline soon fell victim to the wrath of her stepmother. Treated as a pariah, she was shuttled off to boarding schools, bullied by her siblings, and deprived of the beautiful clothes and things given to the rest of the family.

Moving from Shanghai and Hong Kong to London and the United States, Falling Leaves is an enthralling saga of a prosperous Chinese family set against a background of changing political times and the collision of East and West. Written in haunting prose, it evokes all the suspense and emotional force of a satisfying novel.

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Grouped Work ID b1f666e0-8a33-2ab4-4430-02986a16e9a3
Grouping Title falling leaves a true story of an unwanted chinese daughter
Grouping Author mah adeline yen
Grouping Category book
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accelerated_reader_point_value 15
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author Mah, Adeline Yen, 1937-
author_display Mah, Adeline Yen
id b1f666e0-8a33-2ab4-4430-02986a16e9a3
isbn 9780471247425, 9780767903578
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primary_isbn 9780471247425
publishDate 1998
record_details ils:a133429|Book|Books||English|Wiley,|[1998]|ix, 278 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
subject_facet Autobiography, California -- Biography, China -- Social life and customs, Chinese Americans -- California -- Biography, Mah, Adeline Yen, -- 1937-, Women physicians -- California -- Biography
title_display Falling leaves : a true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter
title_full Falling leaves : a true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter / Adeline Yen Mah
title_short Falling leaves :
title_sub a true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter
topic_facet Autobiography, Chinese Americans, Mah, Adeline Yen, Social life and customs, Women physicians