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A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family--but Benfu's best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed...until they're faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history. At the announcement of China's Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao's Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history. The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu's coming-of-age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.
Coming of age during China's Cultural Revolution, Benfu survived, and he and his wife Calli attempt to build a life in the turmoil and aftermath of Maoist China. After losing their only child, they take in abandoned girls - the unwanted "weeds" - as their own, lovingly caring for them as flowers in a garden.
During China's Cultural Revolution, Benfu survived the cruel years, but he did not emerge unscathed. The Scavenger's Daughters is the story of Benfu and his beloved wife Calli, chronicling their attempts to build a life in the turmoil and aftermath of Maoist China. At the heart of their struggle lies the pain of losing their only child. To fill the terrible hole in their lives, they take in abandoned girls; the unwanted "weeds" as their own, lovingly caring for them as flowers in a garden.
From a hiding place behind the courtyard moon gate, eleven-year-old Zhong Mei Lin hears her father defend her as "a daughter of a thousand pieces of gold" to corrupt village leader, Liu Long Tang. This expression, highest praise for a Chinese daughter, means she is a valuable as a son. Little do any of them realize that she will soon prove this worth not only to her parents and Liu Long Tang, but to provincial government authorities and to a whole new world she hasn't even dreamed of yet! Set against the rapidly changing social landscape brought on by the economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping and China's one-child family planning policy, Mei Lin's journey is one the reader will not soon forget. Rich in details of Chinese culture and tradition, this is a story about standing up for oneself, and about holding on to the good in the past while also making room for the future. Written for a young teen audience, the book is also enjoying growing adult interest --especially among China adoptive parents, family members and friends as well as with others interested in learning more about China in an entertaining format.
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