Daughter of the Bamboo Forest

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Alone in the bamboo forest, seven-year-old Little Jade, still dressed in red silk after her father's recent wedding, wonders whether she will ever meet her real mother. DAUGHTER OF THE BAMBOO FOREST is a story set in war-torn, post-revolutionary China during the 1940s. From age seven to twelve, Little Jade longs for the attention of an opium-addicted father and clashes with a desperate, resentful stepmother. The young girl is inadvertently swept by the tides of history, encountering a plague that decimated a village, Catholic nuns in a convent school, and the fabled dragon king along the way.  Please take a look at the video on my author's page.  Thank you.

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From the Author:

Elizabeth Kayes interviews Sheng-Shih Lin

Elizabeth Kaye is a respected journalist, a longtime contributor to "Esquire," "Rolling Stone," and "The New York Times."  She is also the author of the #1 best-selling Kindles Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic and the much-praised e-book Sleeping with Famous Men.

Elizabeth Kaye: Daughter of the Bamboo Forest is your debut novel.  How long did it take you to write it?

Sheng-Shih Lin:
  I started more than 30 years ago.  I took a creative writing class with Alix Kates Shulman, the author of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, during my Junior year at college.  A classmate recently mentioned in a Facebook post that she remembers me reading the first chapters out loud during the writing seminar.

Elizabeth Kaye
You mentioned that this novel is loosely based on your mother's childhood.  In what sense?

Sheng-Shih Lin:
The novel follows the framework of my mother's childhood.  I imagined all the details, scenarios, and dialogue.  My mother started telling me stories about her life after we immigrated to the U.S. during 1972, and I always wrote them down.  She gave me a collection of paper money bills from 1940s that were printed during the hyperinflation of WWII by the Nationalist government.  I still have them, a tiny bill the size of a large stamp for one cent, and a purple bill for five hundred thousand gold yuans.  I also have a ten dollar bill issued by the Manchuguo Central Bank.  My mother told me she collected the bills when grown-ups threw these worthless bills away.

Elizabeth Kaye
The 1940's in China is a fascinating period.  It is the backdrop for Lisa See's Shanghai Girls and portion of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club.  What is your take on that exciting time?

Sheng-Shih Lin: 
In the long view of Chinese history, that era was not just a change of dynasty.  It was also a change from the old world to the modern world.  People had to choose between moving forward or being left behind.  Even as a child, my mother had to make difficult decisions that changed the trajectory of her life.

Elizabeth Kaye:
Now that your book is completed and published, what does your mother think of it?

Sheng-Shih Lin
My mother passed away in 2010.  It was always her hope that this novel be published. Even during her last bed-ridden days, she would read a few pages of my manuscript - always in the early afternoon, when the light in her bedroom was at its brightest.

Elizabeth Kaye: You have written a hauntingly beautiful novel.  What is your plan for the next book?

Sheng-Shih Lin: My readers have been asking me, what happened to Little Jade/Lee, Silver Pearl, An Ling, Wei Jen, and Mary?  I plan to publish a collection of short pieces that will answer these questions.

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Kirkus Reviews

"Lin's engrossing historical novel, set in 1940s China, vividly intertwine the tumultuous childhood of a young girl with the social and political events leading up to the Chinese Revolution.

Lin succeeds in creating both an absorbing historical chronicle and the moving story of a family's unbreakable bond."

ABNA Expert Reviewers

"I love every line!  This story is amazing...  This author has a talent that needs to be shared  with the world.  Bravo!"

"I enjoyed the historical period chosen as well the author's handling of it.  The author has a good ability to make characters and their motivations come alive without being too obvious."

ABNA Publishers Weekly Reviewer

"This book is written in the style of a Chinese painting, richly detailed..."

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