The Moon Pearl

The Moon Pearl

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In the tradition of Thousand Pieces of Gold comes The Moon Pearl, the story of Rooster, Shadow, and Mei Ju, who become fast friends while members of a girls' house, where young daughters are taught to become daughters-in-law. These girls, however, want neither to marry nor become nuns (the only options open to them at this time). They choose instead to support themselves through their skills in embroidery and silk production. Though ostracized by their families, attacked, and barely able to find sustenance and shelter, these sze saw, or self-combers as they will come to be called, manage to create lives that they alone control. An amazing true-life story, The Moon Pearl offers an empowering vision of womanhood in China.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 110.24 x 176.53 x 45.72mm | 367.41g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0807083496
  • 9780807083499
  • 1,501,491

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"Ruthanne Lum McCunn's new novel The Moon Pearl is filled with the heart and songs of old China. Wonderfully researched, it is the vivid and courageous tale of three Chinese girls, who struggle against all odds, to forge the beginnings of a powerful silk sisterhood in nineteenth-century China. It is a lovely addition to the growing stories of women who have found the strength to discover new lives."
--Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Language of Threads
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About Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Ruthanne Lum McCunn is the critically acclaimed author of Sole Survivor, which the Dallas Times hailed as "a book of major interest and importance by an American-Chinese author of remarkable talent," Wooden Fish Songs, Thousand Pieces of Gold, and Chinese American Portraits, as well as the children's book Pie-Biter, which won the American Book Award. Her work has been translated into nine languages, published in sixteen countries, and adapted for the stage and film.
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258 ratings
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4 41% (107)
3 26% (66)
2 5% (14)
1 2% (6)
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