My Half of the Sky

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Chairman Mao said, "Women hold up half the sky." For Li Hui, a recent university graduate, that means following her dream of becoming a teacher, finding love and fulfilling her family obligations. But her father's debts and demands for an arranged marriage will soon pull her away from everything she truly desires . . . and Li Hui is forced to make her own place in the changing cultural landscape of modern China.

Read what reviewers have written about MY HALF OF THE SKY:

"Your heart will tear apart right along with Li Hui's as she struggles to 'hold up her half of the sky' . . . This is a powerful coming of age story." --Keri Holmes, The Kaleidoscope

"You'll be rooting all the way for Li Hui as she struggles, ahead of the curve, to be her own woman in an emerging, modern China. Jana McBurney-Lin's MY HALF OF THE SKY is a beautiful, witty, touching debut novel." --Thomas Sawyer, Head Writer, "Murder She Wrote"

"Jana McBurney-Lin uses words and nuance and simplicity to create rich characters and settings so vivid it feels like you are watching a classic film." --Jackie Houchin, The Foothills Paper

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Jana McBurney-Lin lived in Asia for fifteen years, working for media in seven countries and editing for ALC Publications, Tokyo. While in Tokyo, she met her husband, a native of Fujian Province, China. On one trip back to his hometown, she got the idea for My Half of the Sky.

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A lot is expected of a young Chinese girl. My Half of the Sky by Jana McBurney-Lin is the story of Li Hui, a young girl who has just achieved marriageable age. She seeks to make the most of herself but the expectations all around her make it difficult, as her parents seek to use her as a pawn to their advantage, and she is faced with what she believes to be true love. She must balance career, romance, and family, all to somehow make everyone happy--a tough endeavor indeed. An engaging and entertaining read from beginning to end, My Half of the Skyis a poignant tale of the modern Chinese woman, and recommended for community library collections. --Midwest Book Review 2008

For those of you who love Asian-themed literature, you must read My Half of the Skyby Jana McBurney-Lin. Published in the U.S. in 2006, this 533-page debut novel received not only rave reviews but several awards and distinctions. The title was chosen as a Book Sense Pick of the Month (only two books are chosen across the U.S. each month), a Forbes Book Club Pick, Byline Magazine Fiction Winner, Benjamin Franklin Award for Popular Fiction finalist, and more... It is a rare women's novel that sensitively describes the life of a young educated woman in modern-day China in its full complexity, without resorting to unnecessary sentimentalism. The author's deep knowledge of the realities of life in China and Singapore makes the reading extra rewarding. In fact, with every new page the novel gets harder to put down and you find yourself gobbling it up before you know it. Finally, Jana has given a voice to the Li Hui in all of us, as we struggle for the golden middle between tradition and the demands of the modern world. --Friends of the Museum Newsletter, Singapore, June-July 2008

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