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Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

Adeline Yen MAH (Author)

Penguin, 2010
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Adeline Yen Mah's childhood in China during the civil war was a time of fear, isolation and humiliation. The cause of this was not political upheaval but systemic emotional and physical abuse by her step-mother and siblings, and rejection by her father. Falling Leaves is the story of a 'Fifth Younger Daughter' and her determination to survive the pain of a lonely childhood.

This is the story of an unwanted Chinese daughter, growing up during the Communist Revolution, blamed for her mother's death, ignored by her millionaire father and unwanted by her Eurasian step mother. A story of greed, hatred and jealousy; a domestic drama is played against the extraordinary political events in China and Hong Kong. Written with the emotional force of a novel but with a vividness drawn from a personal and political background, 'Falling Leaves' has been an enduring bestseller all over the world.
Falling Leaves is the true story of the author's difficult journey from childhood to adulthood. Born in Tianjin in 1937, Adeline Yen Mah grew up unhappily under the supervision of her domineering stepmother. Neglected by her parents, Adeline Yen Mah chronicles both her struggles and triumphs, providing a key insight into the social status of women and girls in China during this era. The title alludes to a Chinese idiom - fallen leaves return to their roots - reflecting poignantly that this story is about a young girl finding her way in the world whilst craving the love of her family.
ISBN: 9780141047089
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Sizes: 195x128mm
Publication: 12/2010
Weight: 286g

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