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Poignant tale of love and friendship
on October 31, 2012
When Chinese village girls Chai and Josi ask for permission to go swimming, they have no idea of the ordeal ahead. Derailed on their way by a woman who requests help with her packages and young son, they are lured by her promise to buy them new dresses, and eventually find themselves imprisoned in an empty apartment. This is just the beginning of their nightmare, as they are sold to a couple who plan to have Chai wed their eldest son when she is older. In the meantime, the two are stuck doing housework that their "Mother" is too lazy to do and caring for the two younger sons. None of the people in their new community are willing to help the girls, and they cannot remember how to retrace their steps even if they could find some way to escape. However, the friendship between the two girls, as well as Chai's strong bond with her father, Jun, sustains them as they struggle to survive and eventually be reunited with their families. They find new reservoirs of strength and courage, and even a few friends. But as time passes with seemingly no one coming to rescue them, how long can they hold out?
The author of "A Thread Unbroken" Kay Bratt has also written a memoir of her time as a volunteer working in a Chinese orphanage and has receivd the Pride of the City Award as a result. The book an attempt to publicize the plight of young girls kidnapped and sold into slavery in China. It is a bittersweet story which does not sugarcoat the realities of this issue or how young girls are still undervalued because of their gender, but still offers a relatively happy ending. I found it moving and inspiring. It is definitely a five-star novel.