The Language of Threads by Gail Tsukiyama

imageNow we finally learn what happened to Pei, as she leaves the silk house for Hong Kong in the 1930s, arriving with a young orphan, Ji Shen, in her care. Her first job, in the home of a wealthy family, ends in disgrace, but soon Pei and Ji Shen find a new life in the home of Mrs. Finch, a British ex-patriate who welcomes them as the daughters she never had. Their idyllic life is interrupted, however, by war, and the Japanese occupation.

Pei, a character and a women you will not forget. Her life is full of joy and sorrow, her mettle endlessly tested and she gracefully rises to each challenge, stoically deals with each blow and humbly accepts the joys rarely surfacing in her heartbreaking world.

The narrative spans from the 1930’s thru 1970’s rich in historical content. The ending could not have been better. A perfect compliment to both character and narrative.

A wonderful story of facts unknown, historical moments described vividly. The silk factory and the lives of the workers is informative. Life in Hong Kong prior to the Japanese takeover well executed.

What will strike a positive cord with readers – the strength of the woman and women highlighted. Determination against insurmountable odds, undoubtedly inspiring leaving you impressed.

Published September 21st 2000 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages 288
ISBN13: 9780312267568

Recommendation: 3/5


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