By Duncan Jepson
“Duncan Jepson magically inhabits the lifetime of a tender chinese language lady in Thirties Shanghai….I completely loved this book.”
—Janice Y. okay. Lee, New York Times bestselling writer of The Piano Teacher
“Breathtaking….A nice paintings that might circulate its readers.”
—Hong Ying, overseas bestselling writer of Daughter of the River
Readers formerly enchanted via Memoirs of a Geisha, Empress, and the novels of Lisa See could be captivated via Duncan Jepson’s fantastic debut, All the flora in Shanghai. Evocative, sweeping, but intimate old fiction, Jepson’s novel transports us to a China close to revolution, and witnesses this colourful, tumultuous global during the eyes of a lady pressured right into a existence no longer of her selecting and pushed to hunt a sour revenge. This epic trip into the center of Asia is bound to mesmerize fanatics of Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the key Fan.
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A history of the 1950s written beyond the frame of campaign time will need to take account of the terminology and the massive changes that campaign time wrought. But it must also ask what rural women are practiced in remembering, and what they have learned to forget. State temporality coexisted with other ways of understanding time. Marital temporality divided the lives of women between early years in their natal village and life in a new community as a married-in bride. Women recalled some major events by the months of the lunar calendar.
Now retired, they retain a keen sense of the importance of raising women’s status, a goal formally espoused by all state agencies but pursued most passionately and consistently in Shaanxi by the Women’s Federation. Unlike most of the village women we interviewed, Federation cadres worked in salaried positions and moved from place to place, often managing their own difficult family situations occasioned by long absences from home. Like village women, they speak of the past in terms that highlight their commitment and hard work.
3 Years earlier the betrothal had been brokered by matchmaker Li, who spoke of how wonderful the Dong family was. But shortly before Xiuzhen moved to the home of her in-laws, her older brother went to the mountains to trade for grain and came back angry. ” When Xiuzhen’s mother delivered her to her new home, she was filled with terrible regret. “How can I marry my daughter into these mountains? ”4 Nevertheless she left Xiuzhen there, as promised. As the drought deepened into famine, tragedy visited both families.
All the Flowers in Shanghai: A Novel by Duncan Jepson