For every young Chinese woman in 1930s Shanghai, following the path of duty takes precedence over personal desires
For Feng, that means becoming the bride of a wealthy businessman in a marriage arranged by her parents. In the enclosed world of the Sang household—a place of public ceremony and private cruelty—fulfilling her duty means bearing a male heir.
The life that has been forced on her makes Feng bitter and resentful, and she plots a terrible revenge. But with the passing years comes a reckoning, and Feng must reconcile herself with the sacrifices and terrible choices she has made in order to assure her place in the family and society—even as the violent, relentless tide of revolution engulfs her country.
Both a sweeping historical novel and an intimate portrait of one woman’s struggle against tradition, All the Flowers in Shanghai marks the debut of a sensitive and revelatory writer.
I normally take a month to read a book for book club but I read this one in 3 days. I thuoght it was terrific. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Maxi
As quoted by the Chinese Communist revolutionary leader and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, Mao Tse Tung, commonly called Chairman Mao,
"In... Read more
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It is a beautifully crafted tale and carried me along page by page.Published 11 months ago by Elaine Kugelman
The story takes awhile to get to the real plot, but it is a worthwhile read. One might suspect how it ends, but it is hard to visualize how it gets there.Published 11 months ago by Beverly J. Low
First let me start out by saying, I love the Asian culture and love reading any and all books about it. Having said this, for some reason this book hit me the wrong way. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Doobie
Our book club chose this book and we didn't regret it.
The illprepared innocent second daughter, who was preparing for a life of her own, is thrown into marriage. Read more
I learned a lot about Chinese history and customs in this book. The story of a woman who gives away her first born child, a daughter, and her feelings about having done thisPublished 18 months ago by Gabrielle McCann