The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America

The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America

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by May-lee Chai, Winberg Chai
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466803022
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/19/2002
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
909,523
File size:
416 KB

Meet the Author

Winberg Chai was born in Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. from New York University, and later became the first Asian American vice president of a state university. The author of more than twenty books on China, he is currently a political science professor at the University of Wyoming.

Daughter of Winberg Chai, May-Lee Chai is the author of the novel My Lucky Face. Her short stories have been published in various publications, including Seventeen, the North American Review, and the Missouri Review. A former reporter for the Associated Press, she has also taught creative writing at San Francisco State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Chai has Master's degrees from Yale University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Daughter of Winberg Chai, May-Lee Chai is the author of the novel My Lucky Face. Her short stories have been published in various publications, including Seventeen, the North American Review, and the Missouri Review. A former reporter for the Associated Press, she has also taught creative writing at San Francisco State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Chai has Master's degrees from Yale University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Winberg Chai was born in Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. from New York University, and later became the first Asian American vice president of a state university. The author of more than twenty books on China, he is currently a political science professor at the University of Wyoming.

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Girl from Purple Mountain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother picked this book up at a thrift store for under a dollar. She enjoyed it so much she passed it on to me. It's been several years since I've read it, but while writing other reviews I thought the book was worthy of some praise. It is a fast read that tells about a very endearing family while also touching on Chinese history. It's worth reading and passing on.