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Inheritanceby Lan Samantha Chang
In 1931, abandoned after their mother's suicide, the young Junan and her sister, Yinan, make a pact never to leave each other. The two girls are inseparableuntil Junan enters into an arranged marriage and finds herself falling in love with her soldier husband. When
A timeless story of familial devotion undermined by deceit and passion and rebuilt by memory.
In 1931, abandoned after their mother's suicide, the young Junan and her sister, Yinan, make a pact never to leave each other. The two girls are inseparableuntil Junan enters into an arranged marriage and finds herself falling in love with her soldier husband. When the Japanese invade China, Junan and her husband are separated. Unable to follow him to the wartime capital, Junan makes the fateful decision to send her sister after him. Inheritance traces the echo of betrayal through generations and explores the elusive nature of trust. Reading group guide included.
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- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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- 6.40(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.00(d)
Meet the Author
Lan Samantha Chang's fiction has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Story and The Best American Short Stories 1994 and 1996. Chang is the author of the award-winning books Hunger and Inheritance, and the novel All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. She is the recipient of the Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote fellowships at Stanford University. She also received, from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a Teaching-Writing fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus fellowship. Her many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she directs the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
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I have been awaiting this book since reading Hunger and it was well worth the wait. I recommend it highly.
This was a wonderful book, but seems to be unknown by most. The story moves quickly and creates a tapestry that spans decades of Chinese History 20th Century History. I loved it . . . and have recommended this book to many who have not heard of it.
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