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A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama
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Sep 03, 12

bookshelves: goodreads-first-reads
Recommended for: history lovers
Read from August 25 to 29, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I won this novel from a Goodreads giveaway and am so happy that I did.
What a beautiful, moving story that flowed and ebbed at the perfect times.
In Communist China, we read about a family who is suffering from losing the husband of the home to a "reeducation" camp. They say he wrote a letter during the Hundred Letters campaign that condemed Mao and the Communist Party. However, Kai Ying, his wife, cannot imagine why her husband would ever write such a letter or put his family is jeopardy. Who wrote the letter, what does it say, and does it even exist?
Tsukiyama paints a beautiful picture full of deep thought and description. Dialogue is simple and sprinkled throughout the novel. Most of it is beautiful detail about a world I knew little about. I love the lacking dialogue - how a character only speaks when they absolutely must. Tao, the son, will tug at your heartstrings during his passages, a true coming-of-age story.
But, don't think it is a slow-paced tale. Much happens in the lives of this family, including a young girl giving birth in their living room.
I would definitely recommend reading this novel!
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Reading Progress

08/25/2012 page 73
25.0%
08/26/2012 page 158
55.0% "The family dynamic has shifted"

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