The Girl From Purple Mountain

The Girl From Purple Mountain

Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey From China to America

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A first-born son and his daughter reconstruct his mother's extraordinary life as one of the first women admitted into a Chinese university during an era when most Chinese women were illiterate, and her secret arrangements to be buried alone rather than in the plot she and her devoted husband purchased. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A true story of love, betrayal, and healing, The Girl from Purple Mountain begins with a mystery: The Chai family matriarch, Ruth Mei-en Tsao Chai, dies unexpectedly and her grieving husband discovers that she had secretly arranged to be buried alone-rather than in the shared plots they had purchased together years ago. In this extraordinary and moving family epic set against the shifting tides of twentieth-century China, Ruth's first-born son, Winberg, and his daughter, May-lee, explore family history to reconstruct her life as they seek to understand her fateful decision.


Holtzbrinck
A true story of love, betrayal, and healing, The Girl from Purple Mountain begins with a mystery: The Chai family matriarch, Ruth Mei-en Tsao Chai, dies unexpectedly and her grieving husband discovers that she had secretly arranged to be buried alone-rather than in the shared plots they had purchased together years ago. In this extraordinary and moving family epic set against the shifting tides of twentieth-century China, Ruth's first-born son, Winberg, and his daughter, May-lee, explore family history to reconstruct her life as they seek to understand her fateful decision.


Blackwell North Amer
The Girl from Purple Mountain is a true story of love, betrayal, and healing set against the shifting tides of twentieth-century China. It begins with a mystery: The Chai family matriarch, Ruth Mei-en Tsao Chai, dies unexpectedly, and her grieving husband discovers that she had secretly arranged to be buried alone - rather than in the shared plots they had purchased together years ago. Faced with this inexplicable situation, he decides that if he cannot lie next to his bride in death, he will buy a plot on the outskirts of her mausoleum and act as her guardian for all eternity. Such is his great love for his wife.
In this family epic, Ruth's firstborn son, Winberg, and his daughter, May-lee, explore family history to reconstruct her life as they seek to understand her fateful decision. As Winberg writes, "It is my duty to try to understand my mother, to seek answers. To ignore the past is too much like forgetting...I hope my memories are enough to fulfill a son's obligations."

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A first-born son and his daughter reconstruct his mother's life as one of the first women admitted into a Chinese university during an era when most Chinese women were illiterate.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xii, 306 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780312268084
0312268084
Branch Call Number: 973.04951 Cha
Additional Contributors: Chai, Winberg

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