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Letters in the Jade Dragon Box Hardcover – October 12, 2011


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About the Author

Gale Sears received a BA in playwriting from Brigham Young University and a master s degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the bestselling The Silence of God and several other novels, including Christmas for a Dollar, The Route, Autumn Sky, Until the Dawn, and Upon the Mountains. She and her husband, George, are the parents of two children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book; 1St Edition edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606412485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606412480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in the wonder and magic of Lake Tahoe, California. My imagination was nurtured as I tromped around among the pine trees, swam in the icy waters of the lake, and rode my bike on dirt roads.
During my high school years, my mom and I spent time living in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I tromped around among the palm trees, swam in warm ocean water, and rode the bus down busy city streets.
After my graduation from McKinley High School, I went on to secure a bachelor's degree in playwriting from Brigham Young University, and a master's degree in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota.
I came to writing novels later in my life, and the experience has been interesting and joyful.
I am married to George and we have two grown children.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Perchance to Dream on October 27, 2011
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You will cry. You will cry for China. You will cry for the people of China. You will cry for Chen Wen-Shan.

Chen Wan-Shan and her great-uncle are both haunted by past. She can't remember hers and he can't forget his. Healing comes as they read the letters, brought to them in the jade dragon box.

I love this beautifully written book. It is probably the best book I've read in a very long time. Important novels bring us information that we may not understand. That is what Uncle Tom's Cabin did. It brought the horrors of slavery into the hearts of the readers, which help fan the fires for freedom in the United States..
This is what 'Letters in the Jade Dragon Box' does, as we experience a small portion of the horrors inflicted on the Chinese people by an evil philosophy and an evil man. This is another book by Gale Sears the should be read by all, especially with today's political climate. ""Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Llewellyn on October 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a copy/paste from my Goodreads.com review.
I don't want to sound too hard-hearted and pessimistic but I hard time getting into this book. Is Wen-shan or her friends going to join the church? We never know. Now that Mao Tse-tung's dead why couldn't her mother escape too? What happened to Wen-shan's father? Sorry, but the lack of any character arc or development only made me impatient for them to just read the letters and get on with it! Gale Sears has given us a well researched book, but, like Silence of God once again had to shoehorn in the fictional story.
I was also disappointed the LDS storyline was not more predominantly featured. We learn Uncle is a member but we don't know if he holds the priesthood. Why does he still cling to the teachings of Confucius, is this typical LDS Chinese behavior? Uncle became less active and stopped attending church yet he still reads his scriptures and prays before every meal. Odd. I felt left out that I didn't get to attend church with them. How was Wen-shan received by the Young Women or Uncle by the other members-was it a ward or branch? Was sacrament meeting still held in the evening? In Silence of God it was understandable-the family had no ward or branch to attend-apparently there are other members in Hong Kong so...what was the church like over there? Darn it, I really wanted to know!
That's what makes a book like this so frustrating. In 1921 the ENTIRE land of China was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel. That was almost 100 years ago. Why is the work progressing so slowly? It is with great alarm I see and read about rampant homosexuality, domestic abuse and growing acceptance of premarital sex in places like Russia and China. Where are we going to find enough worthy priesthood holders in a world where patriarchy no longer exists? How is missionary work going to be possible when Satan is winning his war against the very creation of families? I guess 1970's China didn't have to worry about such issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Librarian on March 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Kudos to Gale Sears for being able write a book that can hold the interest of this age group that isn't a fantasy book and they can learn from.

As a middle school librarian I hesitate buying a book that references a specific religion. I do live in a predominantly LDS community and have students that request books by LDS authors. I have very few of these in the library, but a good book is a good book and we should read every good thing. Right? This was a great historical fiction with small references to Wen-shan's uncle's religion.

I am of the age that I can vaguely remember seeing the people in China in thier red and blue pajama looking clothes and carrying little red books. I'm embarrased to say I wasn't curious enough to find out what that was all about but his book enlightened me. The people had no personal choices and no distinguishing characteristics that could render them an individual with personal needs or wants. No distinguishing marks of even male or female.

Wen-shan is learning about this life that she was sent away from, through letter's that her mother smuggles out of china to her, where she is safe from the atrocities of Mao. Her mother and grandfather still trapped in China trying to survive.

My son who is in law school had a professor a few weeks ago say that there wasn't anything that could control or destroy a people as easy as guns. My first thought went to this book. Mao was a destructive man to his own human race, simply by controling their every thought and action. I was proud to know that my son was able to site specific examples througout history, Mao being one of them, where control of the people was predominantly wrought by control of their minds and of course violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shauna on March 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"In you were near me.." is how the mother of Chen Wen-shan began her letters to her young daughter after she was forced to send the daughter away from their home in the beautiful Guilan mountains to escape their difficult life created by communism and Chairman Mao's stringent laws. The story of "Letters in the Jade Dragon Box" is that of the young daughter, now 15 years old, and now living within the safety of her emotionally distant great uncle's home in Hong Kong. Chen Wen-shan comes into possession of her mother's letters as well as beautiful artwork created by her grandfather, all neatly packed in an ornate box and smuggled from communist China. We learn more about her mother's difficult life as Chen Wen-shan methodically reads the numbered letters over several weeks. The chapters alternate between the mother's life in mainland China and the daughter's life in modern Hong Kong during which she is introduced to the LDS church. The chapters then join together for a satisfying conclusion. The book is well researched and well written and is an excellent companion to Gale Sear's book "The Silence of God" which highlights the difficult life of LDS saints in communist Russia.
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