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Alice Mannegan, a native of Houston and daughter of a racist southern Congressman, fled her past by becoming a translator in China. Her latest job is to translate for an archaeological expedition into northwest China and Mongolia in search of the lost bones of Peking Man -- first discovered in the 1920s by French priest and scientist Teilhard de Chardin and lost during the Second World War. Although the divorced American scientist Adam Spencer is a nice man, Alice is only attracted to Chinese, and feels a spark with one of the scientists attached to the expedition to keep tabs on it for the government, Professor Lin Shiyang, although he still mourns the disappearance of his beloved wife in a work camp during the Cultural Revolution. Mones weaves a wonderful tale about fathers and children, love and marriage, foreign and familiar, old traditions and new ways, in this excellent 1998 novel.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Culture clash?    -   visiting a culture in other country Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   Chinese Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different race (interracial loving!)

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Desert?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   licking    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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