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    DescriptionFollowing her internationally bestselling book "The Good Women of China, "Xinran has written one of the most powerful accounts of the lives of Chinese women. Her searing stories of mothers who have been driven to abandon their daughters or give them up for adoption is a masterful and significant work of literary reportage and oral history. Xinran has gained entrance to the most pained, secret chambers in the hearts of Chinese mothers--students, successful businesswomen, midwives, peasants--who have given up their daughters. Whether as a consequence of the single-child policy, destructive age-old traditions, or hideous economic necessity, these women had to give up their daughters for adoption; others even had to watch as their baby daughters were taken away at birth and drowned. Xinran beautifully portrays the "extra-birth guerrillas" who travel the roads and the railways, evading the system, trying to hold on to more than one baby; naive young girl students who have made life-wrecking mistakes; the "pebble mother" on the banks of the Yangzte River still looking into the depths for her stolen daughter; peasant women rejected by their families because they can't produce a male heir; and Little Snow, the orphaned baby fostered by Xinran but confiscated by the state. For parents of adopted Chinese children and for the children themselves, this is an indispensable, powerful, and intensely moving book. "Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother "is powered by love and by heartbreak and will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page.

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    Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother
    Stories of Loss and Love
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Xinran
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9781451610895
    ISBN 10: 1451610890

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    BIC subject category V2: VFX
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000, HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    BISAC V2.8: FAM032000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68, 46
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 53
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    DC22: 306.87430951
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    DC22: 306.874/30951
    DC21: 306.87430951
    LC classification: HQ759 .X56 2011
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    Ingram Theme: ASPT/SOCLAS
    Thema V1.0: VFV, VFX, DNB, JBSF1, NHF
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Scribner Book Company
    Imprint name
    Scribner Book Company
    Publication date
    03 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Xinran collects the heartbreaking stories of Chinese women forced to give up their baby girls....[she] is compassionate and remarkably adept at getting her interviewees to open up about their most painful memories." -"Publishers Weekly", Pick of the Week