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The Palest Ink (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters) Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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“Bratt brings to life the struggle of two individuals during China’s terrible time that all should know about with an honest, yet compassionate, style. She brings us as close as we ever want to be to an evil time, yet shows some found the courage to preserve their dignity. A must read.” —Mingmei Yip, author of Skeleton Women and other China-inspired novels
“If you enjoy history, revolution, courage, romance, and family, then [The Palest Ink] will make a great work for your library. Kay Bratt has given us a work of intensity.” —Blogcritics.org
“Bratt has done her research and presents the tale of those tumultuous years in a fascinating narrative.” —WanderlustAndChineseInk.com
“The Palest Ink is a beautiful, moving, gripping, mesmerising story of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. It is a story of bravery and honor, of love and compassion, as well as growing up and taking chances...The Palest Ink is certainly the best novel I have read about Maoist China; simply superb!” —Fresh Fiction
“A deftly crafted and riveting read from beginning to end, The Palest Ink once again demonstrates author Kay Bratt's extraordinary storytelling talents as a first-class novelist. Very highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review
“[Recommended] to readers wanting to experience an infamous period of Chinese history, where a single wrong word or action could have disastrous consequences.” —Historical Novel Society
About the Author
Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author of the series Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters and the acclaimed memoir of the years she spent working in Chinese orphanages, Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage. She has actively volunteered for several nonprofit organizations, including An Orphan’s Wish (AOW) and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children. In China, she was honored with the Pride of the City award for humanitarian work. After living in China for several years, Bratt now resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.
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Although set in the mid-1960s, the novel should sound a warning to all of us about the danger of political movements that leave no room for alternative views and traditional values. "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely" (Lord Acton). Like Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, it shows how totalitarian power can break the bonds of love and honor, even as Bratt's work celebrates the heroism of those who resisted, often in vain. Yes, revolutions need to "break some eggs to make an omelet": sadly, those "eggs" are people.
Kay Bratt knows China, and the Chinese, and I loved this as much as I did her earlier CHASING CHINA, a moving novel about the plight of Chinese orphans and the efforts of a Chinese-American girl to get to the truth of her being separated from her birth parents and sent as an adoptee to America.
This prequel will impel me to read more in Bratt's "scavenger's daughter" series. Kudos to her.