Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Sisters Separated by China's Civil War
“Beginning in war-torn China, Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden tells a compelling story about diaspora, root-seeking, and the triumph of familial love and human perseverance.”
“At last, a profoundly human story that illuminates the staggering personal consequences of China and Taiwan’s historic split—from both sides. Rare is the author who can portray war and its aftermath so evenhandedly. This powerful page-turner of a family torn apart—and surviving—is as unforgettable as it is important.”
"The book’s gripping narrative reveals the devastating human cost of the Chinese Revolution... The author’s perspective, from having lived both inside and outside the People’s Republic of China, yields exceptional insight into her aunts’ personal histories and the constantly shifting political vicissitudes they endured. She unspools the unexpected, accidental swerves each life took with spellbinding grace."
"Li’s book explores the momentous impact of momentary decisions on people’s lives in the context of massively disruptive historical events."
“A poignant story of sisterly love and the search for self-knowledge in the face of considerable challenges....Beautifully woven family memories coalesce into a vivid history of two very different Chinas.”
This historical biography adds to the oeuvre of similar works (Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister and Wild Swans, both by Jung Chang) but is no less intriguing, as it’s only since recently that these stories can be told with the dignity and honesty they deserve. Cinematic in scope, each sister goes through parallel epic sagas that are sure to entrance the reader. VERDICT: A wonderful addition to any library that will appeal to a wide audience interested in historical narrative, Chinese, history, family dynamics, and generally as a story of struggle against the odds.
— LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Laced with frank reflections on the author’s own experience as a Chinese immigrant to the U.S., this is a poignant and intimate chronicle of the Chinese diaspora.”
Brown University Book Award 2023
Brown Alumni Magazine "Divided Lives" (January-March, 2023)
Five Books The Best China Books (2022)
Arab News What We Are Reading Today (August 1, 2022)
"...long after the guns are silenced, even if the best efforts at reconciliation are undertaken, separation doesn’t end when the war does."
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