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!
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.