Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

A True Story of An Unwanted Chinese Daughter

Book - 1997
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"Riveting. A marvel of memory. Poignant proof of the human will to endure." -Amy Tan.

"Brilliant, compelling, and unforgettable. A heart-rending modern day Cinderella story set against the turbulence of 20th century China. Autobiography at its best." -Nien Chang, author of Life and Death in Shanghai.

"Charged with emotion...A vivid portrait of the human capacity for meanness, malice-and love." -Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans.

"Fascinating and heart-rending stuff...a harrowing story of emotional cruelty." - The Times of London

International bestseller.

The emotionally wrenching yet ultimately uplifting memoir of a Chinese woman struggling to win the love and acceptance of her family.

In this compelling memoir that scaled bestseller lists in England, Australia, and Hong Kong, Adeline Yen Mah chronicles her painful childhood growing up in a wealthy yet abusive Chinese family. The unwanted daughter scorned by her family, young Adeline dreamed of freedom and independence, ultimately escaping to the West to launch a successful career in medicine.

When Adeline's mother died giving birth to her, she was deemed bad luck and ostracized by her family. Then her father took a beautiful Eurasian bride and Adeline soon fell victim to the wrath of her stepmother. Treated as a pariah, she was shuttled off to boarding schools, bullied by her siblings, and deprived of the beautiful clothes and things given to the rest of the family.

Moving from Shanghai and Hong Kong to London and the United States, Falling Leaves is an enthralling saga of a prosperous Chinese family set against a background of changing political times and the collision of East and West. Written in haunting prose, it evokes all the suspense and emotional force of a satisfying novel.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : John Wiley & Sons, c1997
ISBN: 9780471247425
0471247421
Branch Call Number: 305.488951/MAH 4565nf 2

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vv9
Jul 04, 2015

I definitely learned about Communist China. I also learned that my culture is so different from the author's that it becomes tedious to read about a successful physician who remains sickeningly loyal to a family that detests and abuses her. The concept of "disowning" a family member is foreign, AND the obsession with wills and inheritances.
I don't get it.

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jess09icat
Nov 02, 2014

This book made me really sad, however Adeline had the courage and persistence to believe in herself. What terrible parents....I cried for her a lot to hear how much they and some of her siblings were always putting her down, disgraceful.!!! In our country today this would be severe physical and emotional abuse, she was such a young child. lucky she had Ye Ye and Aunt Baba, again parents so cruel..I would love to be able to contact her and tell her of my admiration for her...

AmandaVollmershausen Jul 31, 2013

Reading this book, I learned a lot about Chinese history and culture. Though I don't often read memoirs, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was fast paced, descriptive in the right places and especially interesting. I would recommend it for sure.

awesomeness1301 Apr 12, 2013

I luvvvvv this book... it makes me feel sad though

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umarjan
Aug 07, 2012

its chinese

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Misha Jan
Aug 01, 2012

i don't like this book at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

this book further delves into another story that is of ms. Yen Mah- Chinese Cinderella.
I enjoyed this book as much I did Chinese Cinderella and hope that everyone has the fortune read such a wonderful book

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Misha Jan
Aug 01, 2012

a wierd boik

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Misha Jan
Aug 01, 2012

Other: the worst book and old people like!

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lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

"suan le"
let it be- James Yen

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