Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Book Review: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

This was a wonderful book! Especially for a first novel.
I was fascinated with it. It is historical fiction, based on some of the terrible ethnic cleansing that took place during the history of the US. This is the most difficult part of the novel. I feel that we owe it to those who have gone to read about what has been done to citizens and those brought to our continent.
Much has been i the news about the tragedies inflicted upon First Nations, as well. We cannot ignore it, and must not forget it. Our Canadian Reconciliation Commission was a step forward.

Well-written, carefully crafted, like a wonderful silk tapestry. It has a mystery and a beautiful setting. I need not say more, seriously!

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Kelli Estes
FRONTLIST
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$14.99 USD, £9.99
400 pages
Trade Paperback
Fiction / Asian American
5.5 in W | 8.3 in H
9781492608332, 1492608335

Contributor Bio: Kelli Estes lived in the deserts of eastern Washington state and Arizona before settling in the Seattle area, which she loves so much she plans to forever live near the water. She’s passionate about stories that help us see how the past shaped who we are today, and how we all have more in common than not. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. This is her first novel.
Summary: A scrap of silk will reach across a century to reveal a forgotten woman's tragedy and
threaten a powerful family

In 1886; Mei Lien is washed up on Orcas Island, the lone survivor of a cruel purge of the Chinese from Seattle. She is determined to tell her heartbreaking story the only way she knows how: through needle and thread. A century later Inara Erickson, enlisting the help of a local professor, uncovers details in Mei Lien's delicate stitching that could have far-reaching repercussions for her own life. Should she bring shame to her family and risk everything by telling the truth, or tell no one and dishonor Mei Lien's memory? This brilliant debut is atmospheric and beautifully written, and serves as a poignant tale of the importance of our own stories.

6 comments:

William Kendall said...

Very good review! This is the first I've heard of it.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that sounds like my sort of book.

Red said...

This sounds like a good story that relates to a wide area.

Olga Hebert said...

I like the title and you have piqued my interest.

DeniseinVA said...

It sounds like a very powerful read. Great review!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This sounds like a great book. There is a garden and monument in Tacoma (seaport city a little ways south of Seattle) in honor and reparation of the Chinese people who were so horribly treated there. I have some pictures of it that I never did post about because it is so hard to write about.