The Concubine's Daughter

The Concubine's Daughter

by Pai Kit Fai

Paula Plash: I love books that tell a story from multiple characters' point of views and this book doesn't disappoint. This beautiful story that spans three generations of Chinese women tells of the struggles of early 1900's women's struggles. Touching on foot binding, human slave trade, and underground societies this is the tale of a woman sold as a concubine for her beauty and lotus feet but resolved to be a scholar. Determined to have a better life for her daughter, this book chronicles the struggles of Pai-Ling, her daughter Li-Xia, and her grand daughter Siu Sing. Pai Kit Fai really focuses on detail in this tale of love and heartbreak showing us a side of early China that we'd rather forget.
Rating: ****

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