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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 inseparable--until 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. traces the echo of betrayal through generations and explores the elusive nature of trust. Reading group guide included.


A timeless story of familial devotion undermined by deceit and passion and rebuilt by memory.

About 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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Katherine Stuart, November 23, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
I did not go in expecting to like this book. I often find immigrant fiction maudlin and stifling in its disappointment with America or its overwhelming optimism toward American culture.

So I was very surprised to find myself so captivated by Chang’s story (non-autobiographical). She writes with clarity, detail and poignancy. She informs the reader of the political climate of China during the war and Communist revolution without being preachy and mostly without taking sides. She sets up no expectations for her reader that coming to America will solve any problems, let alone all of them. Her characters, however, feel that optimism to a certain extent.

Her prose is gorgeous. Her characters are beautifully developed . . . overall it’s just so mesmerizing that I’ve even sent it along to my sisters as something worth reading.
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Chang, Lan Samantha
W. W. Norton & Company
Historical - General
Mothers and daughters
Psychological fiction
Family saga
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