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The Jade Rubies Paperback – February 9, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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It s all too common for a reader to find themselves snuggled cozily in their home, under blankets within the safety of their predictable world. It is in such cases that the juxtaposition of a novel such as Valerie Lee's The Jade Rubies truly shakes the reader. As I watched a tale of two innocent Chinese girls unfold, I became self-aware; knowing that I would never have to endure the trauma that these girls lived for 251 pages was both a relieving and guilt laden experience. This isn't the first time that I've experienced this particular set of emotions, as I'm often drawn to stories concerning the multicultural plight of women.
Valerie Lee shows us by way of sights and the imagery of scents that a deep mystery is set to unfold by the end of the book. I found myself deeply invested in the kindly characters and equally critical of the villains. I think she found her voice as a writer and used it well. --Jennifer Harbourn

About the Author

Valerie was born in Vancouver. She has worked for several newspapers writing cultural awareness pieces for the Chinese community.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Inkling Press; 1st edition (February 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604023007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604023008
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,184,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Valerie Lee was born and educated in Vancouver, B.C. After her marriage, she moved to the United States where she has lived most of her life. Her great-grandfather, Reverend Chan Yu Tan, was ordained as a Minister of the Methodist Church in Canada in 1923. She remembers with fondness learning how to recite her prayers in Cantonese when he officiated at the Chinese United Church in the 1940s.

Valerie has worked as a reporter for several newspapers, covering various topics, with a strong emphasis on writing cultural awareness pieces for the Chinese community. Her articles have appeared in the Vancouver Sun (Voices), Vancouver Chinatown News, Asian Week, Asian Pages, Face magazine, and True Story magazine. The subject of much of her writing is life in Vancouver Chinatown.

She is currently working on a book about gambling.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Paperback
It took a while for me to read this book, my eyes would get tired from reading the small tight print. I recieved a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

The copy came with edits, most referenced the need to identify who was speaking. In a lot of dialog there were almost no identifiers. There were a lot of references to her and she. In a scene with only two characters, it was usually easy to identify the speaker, but most of the ambiguity came when a third character joined in, or a scene changed abruptly. Hopefully, by the final rewrite, everything becomes clear. Other than this, Valerie has created a tightly woven story.

The Jade Rubies is a story of good vs evil, using the backdrop of Chinese imigration into Canada from the early 1900s. Valerie Lee's story could be called a historic romance, much in the style of Jude Deveraux, whose main characters are loved, but have to live through unpleasant events. It shows how the strength of human spirt prevails and the will to survive drives the change of circumstances of both good and evil characters.

Valerie has used a detached, journalistic style of writing for the harsher scenes and characters. And emblished the positive scenes and characters with emotional values to clearly give the reader hope.

In her story, two young sisters, Sulan and May, are reluctantly sold into servitude. Valerie takes them out of their familiar home in China to travel overseas with their new Mistress and Master to live in Canada. As their new master builds his import/export empire, we see the history of Chinese life in Canada revealed, along with the corruptions from too much power, sex and drugs.

The girls are intelligent even though they are denied formal schooling.
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This book gives the reader a peek into the world of human trafficking in the late 1800s, early 1900s. Two little girls, taken from their homes in China, treasure the only thing they have from home, the jade rubies that their mother gave them before they were sold. It's a sad story but historically accurate. The author tells the story, which has a ring of truth, based on what she learned growing up in a Chinese community in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
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Valerie Lee's historical novel The Jade Rubies touches my heart for sisterhood, womanhood. Self-worth more precious than mountain of gold when Chinese sisters endure human bondage in Western world and plot escape. Lee writes about child abuse and human trafficking with fearless compassion.
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First of all I was taken captive by the cover - beautiful intense colors but in partial darkness. all is not it seems, leading into dark secrets. Inside the book I was also drawn through shadows of early 20th century slave trade from China to this hemisphere. Two girls sold, forced to leave their families, sent to another continent to try to survive. The story winds through the lives of the owners as well and elucidates the living conditions the girls must endure. The reader experiences a life most readers have only vaguely heard of, through the eyes of the two sisters clinging to each other to survive. An enlightening journey. I would recommend this book.
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