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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758273533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758273536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mingmei Yip grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1992.

Her debut novel, Peach Blossom Pavilion, tells the story of the last in the Chinese tradition of poet-musician-courtesans, was published by Kensington in 2008.

Her new novel is Petals from the Sky, (Kensington Books, March 2010) story of a young Chinese woman who escapes her dysfunctional, ne'er-do-well family to become a Buddhist nun - only to realize she had run away from her own heart. Petals from the Sky was inspired by Mingmei's life since she befriended powerful Buddhist nuns in her youth and was once groomed to be one.

Her Chinese Children's Favorite Stories, which she both wrote and illustrated, was published in 2004 by Tuttle. She is now writing and illustrating another children's book for Tuttle.

Mingmei has appeared on over 60 TV and radio programs in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and the United Sates, as well as many newspaper interviews. She has published five prior books in Chinese and wrote columns for seven major Hong Kong newspapers. Her song lyrics have been published and performed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the U. S.

Mingmei received her Ph. D. from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. In Hong Kong, she held faculty appointments at the Chinese University and Baptist University and has published over forty scholarly articles.

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The characters in the book were well done, very fleshed out and had a steady development throughout the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy on June 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to meet Mingmei Yip at the 2010 Romantic Times Convention in Columbus, Ohio. She was on a panel for multicultural creative writing along with L.A. Banks and Barry Eisler. From her very first description of her book, Peach Blossom Pavilion, I was hooked. Throughout the panel I learned many things about Mingmei Yip as a writer and a person. I learned that she is quite the Renaissance woman, having written adult and children's books as well as being a skill Qin player and artist.

I immediately purchased copies of her novels Peach Blossom Pavilion and Petals from the Sky and a grand love affair with her work began. Last summer I was overjoyed to pick up a copy of her book Song of the Silk Road and this year I was over the moon that she actually asked ME to review her latest novel, Skeleton Women. As a longtime fan you can imagine how exciting it was to be personally contacted by one of my favorite authors and to receive an advance copy of the book that I was eagerly awaiting. The works of Mingmei Yip have always captivated me and before I even read the first page I was certain that Skeleton Women would surely enthrall me from start to finish.

In 1930s China, the underworld of mafia was at its peak. Femme fatales (also known as skeleton women) were the secret weapons of gangs, so named because their charms and beauty often brought death upon their victims who became nothing more than skeletons.

Beautiful lounge singer Camilla wasn't always a rich and respected woman. Her humble beginnings were that of an orphan who was later adopted by Brother Wang (head of the Red Demons gang) for the sole purpose of luring Master Lung (head of the Flying Dragons gang) to his death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2013
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I found it lacking - I found the heroine, I am sorry to put it like this, stupid, and it was extremely difficult to enjoy the book, once I realized I cannot sympathize with her. The plot is not very exciting either. For me getting through this book was really difficult, and after awhile it was a matter of - 'I will finish this book, because I purchased this....'. The only reason I gave this book 2 stars is because I found the Chinese sayings and customs portrayed in the book somewhat interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on June 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

This book is mesmerizing. I can think of no better word for it.

Before even cracking it open, this book is beautiful. The cover is bright & striking, it would definitely catch my eye upon a shelf.

The novel itself is written beautifully. It's poetic & vivid, reading almost like a song. The use of Chinese sayings & proverbs, as well as quotes from other books, make frequent appearances. It adds a nice sprinkling of culture to the intriguing story. No sentence is superfluous- each & every word serves a purpose, making the story more engrossing. There is never a dull moment, & I found myself often exclaiming "What?!?" to myself, in the best of ways. I was kept on my toes until I ran out of pages, & even now I hunger for more of Camilla's story. This story is a perfect balance of sex, espionage, drama, & suspense. The characters are very relatable, & I adore the fact that this plot is headed by powerful women. It's a very welcome change from my usual reads. Plus, this edition comes with a reading group guide, perfect for those reader's looking to spark conversation at their book club.

In short, I found this book just as dazzling as Shadow's magic act. I recommend it to no particular audience, but to anyone who loves a wonderfully written story. I have never read the work of Mingmei Yip before, but now that I've gotten a taste, Skeleton Women will not be the last book of hers that I consume
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Wadel on July 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mingmei Yip is an excellent story teller! I love her books. Every character is beautifully written and the picture is perfectly seen. I have been reading romance books so this was a nice break but Skeleton Woman does have a little romance in it, a forbidden romance!
The main character, Chamilla is a very talented, exquisite young woman who calls herself a skeleton woman but she also has many other talents. Talents which she uses to manipulate men into getting what she wants.
Her boss, Big Brother Wang is the leader of a powerful gang, a gang that is similar to the mafia.
His mission is to find out secret information and kill his rival gang leader, Master Lung. This is where Chamilla comes in to use her beguiling ways.
But Chamilla has a few blocks in her way. Shadow -- a mysterious young woman, comes out of nowhere and performs the most amazing magic trick that has the whole town talking. Chamilla is intrigued and finds out that Shadow is a big problem and she has to figure out how to use Shadow to her advantage.
Chamilla's other road block is Rainbow Chang. Rainbow Chang is a naughty vixen ha! Who stirs up trouble.
If you love a good mystery with lots of intrigue, you gotta read this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stormyrose on June 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
15 years ago, I left China, started to wander around in Western counties, to look for a home for my soul. I thought I pulled out all my roots when I left China that day. No tears, no regrets,until I read Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip. All memories about China I buried deeply in my heart came back to me, started to haunt me. My soul is alike boiling water, burning my numb,sleepy and empty body.That is how powerful Mingmei Yip did in her novels. She shaked off all my fake faith and frugil strength...
If you are interested in learning Chinese cultures,especial those women filled with their tears,blood and death in Chinese history, go read Mingmei Yip's novels!!
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