The Year of the Rat [NOOK Book]

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Long description: For Maria Conti and her family, this could mean death by starvation. Their only income is the little she earns from her share of a saloon catering to American and British servicemen. When they leave China, the business will go with them. The Contis get no rent from their tenants. Nor can Mr. Conti sell the building, for in these uncertain times no one will buy. Maria's little sister, Nola, helps her father manufacture ersatz liquor in their dining room. Her mother, Ming Chu, knows her family's ...

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The Year of the Rat

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Overview

Long description: For Maria Conti and her family, this could mean death by starvation. Their only income is the little she earns from her share of a saloon catering to American and British servicemen. When they leave China, the business will go with them. The Contis get no rent from their tenants. Nor can Mr. Conti sell the building, for in these uncertain times no one will buy. Maria's little sister, Nola, helps her father manufacture ersatz liquor in their dining room. Her mother, Ming Chu, knows her family's Italian citizenship is useless; the Contis are trapped.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011402098
  • Publisher: Lucille Bellucci
  • Publication date: 6/22/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 484 KB

Meet the Author

I was born in Shanghai, China, exiled by the commies in 1952, went to Italy with my family. After five years we emigrated to the U.S. Ten years after that, I moved to Brazil with my husband, Renato. Back in California in 1980, I began writing. I have five novels: The Year of the Rat, Journey from Shanghai, Stone of Heaven, The Snake Woman of Ipanema, A Rare Passion; and two story/essay collections, Pastiche: Stories and Such and Farrago: More Stories. Eight short stories and essays earned first-place awards. One story, "Cicadas," was nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    Survival Amid The Turmoil of Shanghai, China

    The author has lived the reality of the helpless populace of Shanghai awaiting the inevitable takeover by Mao Tse-tung's army. It is compelling to follow the day-to-day activities of the Conti family as they use ingenuity and sheer pluck to survive in an environment where the rules change even as the game is played. Mr. Conti's livlihood shifts from entrepreneurship to proprietorship as he struggles to provide a roof and food on the table for his Chinese wife and two daughters. But his best-laid plans have gone awry as the tenants of his apartment house turn a deaf ear when the rent comes due. To avoid starvation, his resourceful daughter, Maria, becomes a partner in a night-club of sorts where she meets her American Prince Charming. Her little sister Nola makes her imaginative contribution by helping Mr. Conti manufacture the club's alcohol inventory. Bellucci makes it all come alive for the reader. And the cliff-hanger ending keeps one wondering whether or not the hapless family will really succeed in eluding the Communists or in falling prey to their merciless advance. This novel has all the ingredients--love, violence, perseverence--to provide a heady potion for the fiction devotee while maintaining a keen insight into what really happened in post World War II China.

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