Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother

Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother

Stories of Loss and Love

Book - 2011
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Following her internationally bestselling book The Good Women of China, Xinran has written one of the most powerful accounts of the lives of Chinese women. Her searing stories of mothers who have been driven to abandon their daughters or give them up for adoption is a masterful and significant work of literary reportage and oral history.

Xinran has gained entrance to the most pained, secret chambers in the hearts of Chinese mothers--students, successful businesswomen, midwives, peasants--who have given up their daughters. Whether as a consequence of the single-child policy, destructive age-old traditions, or hideous economic necessity, these women had to give up their daughters for adoption; others even had to watch as their baby daughters were taken away at birth and drowned. Xinran beautifully portrays the "extra-birth guerrillas" who travel the roads and the railways, evading the system, trying to hold on to more than one baby; na#65533;ve young girl students who have made life-wrecking mistakes; the "pebble mother" on the banks of the Yangzte River still looking into the depths for her stolen daughter; peasant women rejected by their families because they can't produce a male heir; and Little Snow, the orphaned baby fostered by Xinran but confiscated by the state.

For parents of adopted Chinese children and for the children themselves, this is an indispensable, powerful, and intensely moving book. Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother is powered by love and by heartbreak and will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, 2011.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781451610895
Branch Call Number: 306.87430951 Xin
Characteristics: xxvii, 239 p.


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lilmisslibrary Jan 10, 2012

If you ever have wondered about the history of the one child policy in China this is the book to read. It is a haunting account of the sacrifice mothers made for their daughters and their families. You will need tissues.

Jul 09, 2011

Beautifully written, excellent story telling, tragic tales. You should read this if any interest in today's China and/or have adopted or know someone who was adopted from China. The story of the child abandoned at the rail station will stay with me.

debwalker Mar 21, 2011

Heartbreaking stories of the abandonment and worse of baby girls in China.

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