In the crumbling of the Quin Dynasty, a failed peasant-scholar calling himself God’s Second Son and Jesus’ Younger Brother leads the biggest uprising against any emperor in Chinese history.
A young Zhou Yu and his brother join the rebel army and Yu quickly excels as a fearless and mighty warrior. When he is forced to flee after watching the decapitation of his eldest brother, his father smuggles him into the Shanghai sanctuary of his missionary sister Aunt Meng who risks all by hiding him. She eventually secures her nephew a passage on a ship headed for Australia.
Yu’s adventures in the New World begin, striking it rich in the goldfields of Australia and starting a business in Melbourne. A run in with the law over a white woman has Yu sailing to Otago, New Zealand. He eventually finds solace in a Maori settlement where he develops a relationship with the Reverend Hohepa, the odl kuia Auntie Ngaire and slave girl Horowhai. But even here Yu finds that the tentacles of China and his bloody past is long and a remote village in faraway New Zealand is not protections enough.
“A fascinating book which stays in the mind long after it has been read.”
—Janet Douglas, committee member of The Michael King Literary Centre, Auckland, NZ
“Memories in the Bone is a believable and intelligent read… For that alone the author deserves praise—and for many other good reasons, her book deserves to be read”
—4 Stars. Foreward Clarion Reviews
“Phipps is a graceful writer, particularly adept at describing places and events with vibrant and keenly observant details.”
“Phipps delivers an engaging story... The author’s clear passion for the historical material definitely comes through.”
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Set in nineteenth-century China, Australia, and New Zealand, Memories in the Bone is both a solid adventure yarn as well as a believable chronicle of the lives of educated Chinese who immigrated to and made their fortune in new lands across the seas.Jul 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Memories in the Bone: He Who ...