Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah

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A sweet love story develops with Mei Lan and Ah Li, but it seems that fate is against them.
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Bestselling Chinese American author Adeline Yen Mah weaves her authentic accounts of life in China into an absorbing novel about a Chinese girl and her vision of a previous life.
After a fall, CC is whisked away to a hospital. As she drifts in and out of consciousness, she is haunted by vivid dreams that seem strange—yet somehow familiar. Thus begins CC’s emotional journey back to a privileged life lived eight hundred years ago during the Song dynasty.

CC is the daughter of a wealthy and influential man, but she finds herself drawn to a poor orphan boy with a startling ability to capture the beauty of the natural world. As the relationship between these two young people deepens, the transforming power of art and romantic love comes into conflict with the immovable rules of Chinese society.

This stunning fantasy adventure novel, inspired by China’s most famous painting, Along the River at the Qing Ming Festival, tells the story of a friendship both tender and bold. CC’s remarkable journey reminds readers that though time moves on, art and love endure.

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About Adeline Yen Mah

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Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, China, and trained to be a doctor in London. She had a distinguished career in medicine in the United States for many years. Her memoir for adults, Falling Leaves, was a worldwide bestseller and was translated into eighteen languages. Chinese Cinderella is her memoir for young adults. She divides her time between Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Visit her Web site at
Published September 14, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 214 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 15 2010

It is unclear what story she is trying to tell: the romance? the story of the painting? the bookend of CC’s coma, which will be inexplicable to readers unfamiliar with the previous novel? As none succeed, the question may go unanswered.

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Publishers Weekly

Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Nov 08 2010

Characters often speak with a formality that may feel overly stiff, but vivid imagery enlivens the gripping premise; readers will be captivated by the exploration into a possible past life.

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Charlotte's Library

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Reviewed by Charlotte on Aug 17 2010

Along the River doesn't read as a time-travel book, let alone a fantasy, but it does contain a perfectly reasonable YA historical fiction book inside itself.

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Reviewed by Blkosiner on Oct 14 2010

A sweet love story develops with Mei Lan and Ah Li, but it seems that fate is against them.

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Curled Up Kids

Reviewed by Deborah Adams on Sep 01 2010

Along the River is a unique tale encompassing the culture and language of China’s past.

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