The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

by Kelli Estes

Overview: Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core and force her to make an impossible choice.

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.

Judy Stanton (08/27/16): Thanks to my neighborhood book club for suggesting this well-written compelling read of historical fiction. The author researched the history of the exclusion and expulsion of Chinese people from the US in the late 1800s, and developed a story that pits that sad history against current day Seattle, where a beautifully embroidered sleeve brings to light the truth behind the city's founding father. I'm sure it will be a great book discussion with issues about racial prejudice, future generations bearing the weight of their ancestor's sins, and following one's career dreams. Although I felt the ending was a little too perfect, I couldn't wait to find out what happened....the mark of a good book!
Rating: *****

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