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Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter


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ISBN13: 9780440228653
ISBN10: 0440228654
Condition: Standard
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A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.

Following the success of the critically acclaimed adult bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir is a moving telling of the classic Cinderella story, with Adeline Yen Mah providing her own courageous voice.


A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots". Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair.

About the Author

Adeline Yen Mah is a writer and physician.

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KathrynJ, October 16, 2014 (view all comments by KathrynJ)
Living in America makes it hard to think of how people in other countries feel. Although we are distant from places we can still relate and go through the same hardships. After reading "Chinese Cinderella," I realized that we're not so different as it seems. I am one of the few who can relate with abuses to Adeline, even though I might not have had it as bad.

Adeline Yen Mah's "Chinese Cinderella" makes being alone without someone who loves you very relatable. I've not been abused by my family but I know what it's like to be alone and insecure. My family has never abandoned me but Mah makes it feel if it's my own story. This is a quote from a the book where she is so overwhelmed by all the things happening to her from the past few months, "For the last few months, I had taken the blows as they came, with stoical fortitude. The pain of being torn from my aunt; the anxiety of seeing all my schoolmates disappear from St. Joseph's; the perception of being abandoned and forgotten; the fear of being imprisoned by the Communists; the knowledge of my teachers' own terror and helplessness....(130)" Most people would be so overwhelmed that they couldn't function anymore but Adeline just keeps getting back up after each fall and gains the audience's trust through her pain.

In America it's hard to imagine being abandoned or ignored but Mah shows us how it's really like. She uses a personal narrative that will leave you wanting more.

This is a memoir that I absolutely love because of its realism and heart. Once you grab this book, you can't put it down. It is a good book to read for a class or just on your own
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Beverly B, August 20, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
An eye opening look into a culture very different from ours. It is a quick read, but filled with tense and heart-wrenching drama. Girls can relate to the protagonist feeling like a misfit and searching for her authentic self.
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JuJoo, April 12, 2009 (view all comments by JuJoo)
This was a truly heart touching book. The way that Adeline described her hardships in life almost made it seem as if you were there. Thing is, you never thought and parents would actually do these kind of things to their own child. Even me, I always thought that it was only in cartoons, but this book opened my eyes to reality. Life isn't so simple. It was a great book, and coming from someone who just despises non-fiction books, it's a must read.
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Product Details

The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Mah, Adeline Yen
Laurel Leaf
New York
Biography & Autobiography - General
Children's 12-Up - Biography / Autobiography
Chinese americans
Biography & Autobiography - Ethnic
Family - Stepfamilies
Women physicians
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
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Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 7
6.88x4.21x.63 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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