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Pearls in the Ashes

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Dash, the only son of an impoverished Mongolian herder, is just ten years old when his father sends him to a Buddhist monastery to seek a better life. The year is 1924. They could not have foreseen the devastation that lay ahead when the People’s Party began their brutal offensive against religion.

Dash is the sole survivor of a bloody purge, forced to flee his faith and al
ebook, 275 pages
Published November 2012 by Torriver Press (first published September 26th 2012)
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Jonel Boyko (Pure Jonel)
This novel was very enlightening, giving you an interesting and in-depth look into life in another culture. I greatly appreciate the fact that the author took the time to do the research to give this novel a solid basis in fact. Without this, the storyline would have lost a great deal of its impact.

Meagher’s work is extremely well and fluently written. The flowing descriptions make it easy to visualize the world that the characters live in. The author has a way with words. She’s able to convey
Kathleen Schmitt
by Shelagh Meagher

This story is a long narrative of a man's life in the context of Mongolia just before, to just after, the Communist rule in that country. The protagonist gains our interest as he enters a Buddhist monastery as a ten-year-old novice. When he is still a youth, he witnesses the massacre of his entire community by the Communist military; he is the only one left. The journey he subsequently makes is a coming of age story that brings him to a new life with deep and
A fantastic foray into the history of the persecution of Buddhists and the rise of Communism in Mongolia from the 1930s until the 1990s. Pearls in the Ashes was not on my to-read list, but for some reason I downloaded it anyway. This book was so beautifully written, simple in style and plot but so rich and complex with details. Dash, the main character, is not always likable and not always pitiable. But when he finally gets the chance to redeem himself, I felt powerfully exactly who he was meant ...more
Marlene Zisman
I found Pearls in the Ashes to be a great read! While the subject matter was somewhat of a heavy nature at times, and caused to me think about things I hadn't necessarily thought about before, it still managed beautifully to be a light, fast story to read. I couldn't put it down. The perfect summer book!
Kate Bridger
I began by reading the 'free' sample of Pearls in the Ashes and, within a few moments, knew I had to order the entire book! I knew Shelagh Meagher 30 +/- years ago and it is amazing to me to see what she has done. This book is so well written and so thoroughly researched, I am completely comfortable reading it and able to forget I know the author. This is a coming of age story about a young monk in Mongolia. It represents a place, political environment and a culture I have no experience with and ...more
The writing of this book is beautiful. The details of this story are amazing. The author obviously spent a great deal of time researching the Mongolian culture. This narrative follows Dash's life from the pre-communist era through to the beginnings of the post-communist era in Mongolia. I had a hard time putting this book down. It was enthralling. Dash experiences many heartbreaks in his life and the reader suffers along with him. Highly, highly recommend this book.
Brendalyn Blanco
One of the best books I have read in a long while. This book is so well written. The details are amazing and the story has so many turning points and lessons that I found myself relating my own lifes story to some of the examples in the book. Definitely a page turner and white knuckle book that I could not put down easily. Well worth the read. It does have some adult content so I wouldn't recommend this for young ones.
Maria Kiguthi
The story of the life of Dash. This book follows him from childhood as a novice monk through the trials of parenthood and beyond. An excellently written book that I read in one day since I just couldn't put it down. There is adult content so I don't recommend for a younger reader. I received a copy of the book from Goodreads First Reads.
Laura Caisley
What a great read! I really enjoyed the subject of Mongolia, its monks, buddhism etc. I found the book difficult to put down at times, it was heartbreaking, and exciting too. I would definetly recommend this book to other readers, and look forward to other books from this author. Thanks so much for the opportunity to read this book!
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