Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
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In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk. Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own. Tsukiyama's graceful prose weaves the details of "the silk work" and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength.

 

About Gail Tsukiyama

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Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California. Her novels include Dreaming Water, Women of the Silk, The Language of Threads, and Night of Many Dreams.
 
Published April 1, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 289 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 Strangely stiff and predictable coming-of-age debut novel about a young Chinese girl's hardships in early-20th-century China.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Women of the Silk: A Novel

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An auspicious debut, this sensitively written, impressively researched novel covers 20 years in the life of Pei, a Chinese girl sent to work in a silk factory during the first decades of the 20th cent

Sep 30 1991 | Read Full Review of Women of the Silk: A Novel

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An auspicious debut, this sensitively written, impressively researched novel covers 20 years in the life of Pei, a Chinese girl sent to work in a silk factory during the first decades of the 20th cent

Sep 30 1991 | Read Full Review of Women of the Silk: A Novel

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These are women who have met similar fates to that of Pei and have.

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Women of the Silk: A Novel

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