Thursday, January 31, 2013

Guest Review: Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

One of our wonderful library patrons, Marilyn Rosen, recently read Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama. 

Here are Marilyn's thoughts on the selection:

"This is a fictional story; however, it tells of life in China in the early 1900's.   The story of Pei covers 20 years of her life.  Her parents sent her to a silk factory to work.  She was sent away from home as she was described by a fortune teller that she was not the marrying kind.   The story tells of her hard life but also of the love she finds in the sisters of the silk factory.  This book enlightened me of a time that I did not know  about and of a country of the verge of siege from Japan.  Also, it tells of women who do not wish to marry against their parents wishes.
This book is written so beautifully I could not put it down; I read it in less than a week.

Other books written by Gail Tsukiyama are Samarai's Garden, A Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Dreaming Water, Night of Many Dreams and the Language of Threads.The Language of Threads tells more of Pei's life in the 1930's when she leaves for Hong Kong and continues her life."

Thank you so much, Marilyn, for sharing your thoughts!

If you have recently read a book that you found fascinating or absolutely horrendous, feel free to let me know about it so I can post it on our blog. Send your thoughts to

Sharlene Edwards
Program Director

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