The Language of Threads

The Language of Threads

A Novel

Book - 2000
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Readers of Women of the Silk never forgot the moving, powerful story of Pei, brought to work in the silk house as a girl, grown into a quiet but determined young woman whose life is subject to cruel twists of fate, including the loss of her closest friend, Lin. Now 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 inthe 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 is once again forced to make her own way, struggling to survive and to keep her extended family alive as well. In this story of hardship and survival, Tsukiyama paints a portrait of women fighting the forces of war and time to make a life for themselves.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000, c1999
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed. --
ISBN: 9780312267568
Branch Call Number: FIC Tsuki 3564
Characteristics: 276 p


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Oct 14, 2012

A continuation of Pei's life in Hong Kong. It brings alive the hundreds of thousands of deaths and the suffering of the Chinese people at the hands of Japan when both China and Hong Kong were taken over by Japan. Pei's determination and strength of character enable her to survive. Well worth the read, but read Women of the Silk first.

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