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Falling Leaves

Adeline Yen Mah; Narrator-Barbara Rosenb

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ISBN 10: 0606170863 / ISBN 13: 9780606170864
Published by Penguin Audio, 1999
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Title: Falling Leaves

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Broadway Bks Tdpbk Ed.,1999.

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This is a Chinese woman's story of how she suffered appalling emotional deprivation and rejection by her family as a child growing up in China and Hong Kong in the 1940s and 1950s, and of its consequences in her adult life, above which she rose to make a happy marriage and become an extremely successful doctor and business woman in the USA. It is also a story about Hong Kong: of middle-class life at the time of the European concessions and thereafter.

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Snow White's stepmother looks like a pussycat compared to the monster under which Adeline Yen Mah suffered. The author's memoir of life in mainland China and--after the 1949 revolution--Hong Kong is a gruesome chronicle of nonstop emotional abuse from her wealthy father and his beautiful, cruel second wife. Chinese proverbs scattered throughout the text pithily covey the traditional world view that prompted Adeline's subservience. Had she not escaped to America, where she experienced a fulfilling medical career and a happy marriage, her story would be unbearable; instead, it's grimly fascinating: Falling Leaves is an Asian Mommie Dearest.

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