The Distant Land of My Father Book Summary and Study Guide

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Anna loves living with her glamorous parents in Shanghai in the 1930's. Unfortunately, political upheaval creates a risky existance for wealthy Americans abroad. When Anna's mother takes Anna back to California to grow up in safety, the young girl believes the separation is temporary. Her father remains behind in China and is kidnapped and tortured until his eventual release and escape to the US. Unfortunately, as much as he loves Anna, he also loves Shanghai, and Anna's parents are forced to painfully examine their relationships with each other, their daughter, and China.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Chinese    -   American Pacific Coast Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   father Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes Asia/Pacific    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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