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Book Title: My Half of the Sky|
The author of the book: Jana McBurney-Lin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.65 MB
ISBN 13: 9780977208111
Edition: Komenar Publishing
Date of issue: July 1st 2006
Read full description of the books:Jana McBurney-Lin's debut novel My Half of the Sky introduces Li Hui, a modern young Chinese woman of marriageable age who has recently graduated from Xiamen University. Her goal is to realize Mao's words: Women hold up half of the sky. Li Hui struggles with finding love and acting with honor. Guidance and advice come from all corners of her world as well as different and conflicting generational, historical and cultural values. Everyone wants something different for and from her, particularly her parents who mourn their lack of a son while attempting to marry Li to their greatest advantage. In fact most everyone has a selfish investment in what Li Hui will do and whom she might marry. Does this sound like Jane Austen writing about the dilemmas facing young women in China today? You bet. This original and insightful work is in the best traditions of classic novels that explore people caught in the crucible of change in complex cultures. The rewards are rich for the reader, including intriguing insights into folk tales and conventional wisdom of a culture of which few of us have an intimate and timely knowledge.
Read information about the authorI lived in Asia for more than half my adult life, writing for media in seven countries, including National Public Radio, Writer's Digest, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Islands Magazine, Singapore Straits Times, Japan Times, and dozens of others. While working as an editor at ALC Publishing in Tokyo, Japan, I met my husband, a native of southern China. We then moved to Singapore where we often frequented his hometown of Fujian, China. One year, while walking down a dusty path in his village, I got an idea for a novel. Twelve years later that idea became a reality in My Half of the Sky (KOMENAR Publishing.)
Since publication in 2006, My Half of the Sky has received wonderful attention, including selection as an American Booksellers Association BookSense Pick, Finalist in the 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, and a Forbes Book Club pick. In July, 2008, the paperback was released.
The title has received many reviews, most recently from a museum newsletter in Singapore:
“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. Jana’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, the author has given a voice to the Li Hui in all of us,as we struggle for the golden middle between tradition and the modern momentum of our world.” --Izabella Sluzek
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