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Falling Leaves: the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter Book Review Summary

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Born in Tianjin (a port city a thousand miles north of Shanghai) in 1937, Adeline was the fifth child, but her mother died of complications after giving birth. Her father remarried a beautiful, imperious, and spoiled woman of half-Chinese, half-French heritage who proceeded to turn him into an unfeeling brute as well as make the children's life a hell. She had two children of her own but was just as inconsistent and mean-spirited with them as with her step-kids. Although the father runs a wildly successful import-export business that survives the Japanese occupation and transforms itself into other businesses in Hong Kong after the Communist takeover, the children are kept on a tight lead with little spending money. And even though Adeline eventually escapes to the U.S. to study medicine and become a doctor, the changing alliances and continuing betrayals in the family haunt her life, even into the 1990s. This is a decently written if deeply upsetting memoir of a brave and indomitable spirit.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Chinese Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Ethnicity    -   Chinese Nationality    -   Chinese

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy    -   rude people Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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