Petals From The Sky by Mingmei Yip

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From the acclaimed author of Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a lush and lyrical novel of East and West--and of one young woman's search for her heart's true calling. . .

When twenty-year-old Meng Ning declares that she wants to be a Buddhist nun, her mother is aghast. In her eyes, a nun's life means only deprivation--"no freedom, no love, no meat." But to Meng Ning, it means the chance to control her own destiny, and to live in an oasis of music, art, and poetry far from her parents' unhappy union.

With an enigmatic nun known as Yi Kong, "Depending on Emptiness," as her mentor, Meng Ning spends the next ten years studying abroad, disdaining men, and preparing to enter the nunnery. Then, a fire breaks out at her Buddhist retreat, and Meng Ning is carried to safety by Michael Fuller, a young American doctor. The unprecedented physical contact stirs her curiosity. And as their tentative friendship grows intimate, Meng Ning realizes she must choose between the sensual and the spiritual life.

From the austere beauty of China's Buddhist temples to the whirlwind of Manhattan's social elite, and the brilliant bustle of Paris and Hong Kong, here is a novel of joy and heartbreak--and of the surprising paths that lead us where we most need to be.

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"A rare peek into an exotic culture that is thrilling, captivating, and moving." –Shobhan Bantwal


About Mingmei Yip

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Mingmei Yip began writing and painting during her childhood in Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and has studied the traditional Chinese arts of Tai Chi, Qin music, Buddhist sacred chant and calligraphy. Mingmei has collaborated with Carnegie Hall and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the author of four novels and of the popular "Chinese Children's Favorite Stories". She lives in New York City.
Published February 16, 2010 by Kensington Books. 353 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I had the pleasure of meeting Mingmei at the 2010 Romantic Times Convention held in Columbus, Ohio.

Apr 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Petals From The Sky


MY – Petals from the Sky is the story of a young Chinese woman who had planned to escape her dysfunctional, ne’er-do-well family by becoming a Buddhist nun – only to realize she had run away from her own heart.

Feb 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Petals From The Sky


Petals From The Sky by Mingmei Yip is a wonderful insight into the lives of Buddhist nuns and of a woman’s search for her true calling.

Feb 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Petals From The Sky

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