Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka

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Third Sister in the Tao family, Ailin has watched her two older sisters go through the painful process of having their feet bound. In China in 1911, all the women of good families follow this ancient tradition. But Ailin loves to run away from her governess and play games with her male cousins. Knowing she will never run again once her feet are bound, Ailin rebels and refuses to follow this torturous tradition.

As a result, however, the family of her intended husband breaks their marriage agreement. And as she enters adolescence, Ailin finds that her family is no longer willing to support her. Chinese society leaves few options for a single woman of good family, but with a bold conviction and an indomitable spirit, Ailin is determined to forge her own destiny. Her story is a tribute to all those women whose courage created new options for the generations who came after them.


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About Lensey Namioka

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Lensey Namioka is the author of Ties that Bind, Ties that Break and its companion, An Ocean Apart, a World Away; as well as four books about theYang family, including Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear and Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family. The author lives in Seattle, WA.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 162 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A gifted interpreter of Chinese and Chinese-American culture, Namioka (Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear) sets this gripping historical novel in early-20th-century Nanjing, as Western influence a

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In a starred review, PW said, ""With the force and intensity of a memoir, the novel chronicles a heroine who creates her own destiny through events as dramatic as they are credible, and weaves in just enough political history to help readers understand the turbulent climate."" Ages 12-up.

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Still flying against convention, Ailin's father later sends her to a missionary school run by foreign ""Big Noses,"" where she learns English and other subjects her grandmother dismisses as ""useless."" But when her father dies, the new head of the family--Ailin's volatile uncle--stops Ailin's ed...

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With her marriage arranged, the women of the family decide that it is time for Ailin to have her feet bound, but she refuses and her father indulges her wish.

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