Publish Date: March 29, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: When her husband of thirty years is killed, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. In a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family, Irene plans a tour of mainland China, reuniting three generations of women - her fiercely independent daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year-old mother. But each woman bears secrets big and small, and just as they begin to reconnect, the most carefully guarded secret of all threatens to tear them apart forever. Depicting a China at once timeless and ever changing, A Thread of Sky is a beautifully written story of love and sacrifice, history and memory, sisterhood and motherhood, and the connections that endure.
Review: A Thread of Sky is a poignant and touching novel that is timeless, yet lives in the present moment. I enjoyed learning quite a bit about Chinese history as it was seamlessly wound through the story of three generations of women. I could see so much of my family in the members of this family. The relationships, the distance, the misunderstandings, and secrets. I highly recommend this novel to everyone - I think we can all learn something from Ms. Fei's wonderfully touching tale of familial pain, pride, and love.