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The Girl Who Wrote In Silk
by Kelli Estes

PBR Review Historical Fiction fans are going to love this emotionally charged story of the Chinese American struggles and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act in Seattle; I certainly did. Prior to reading this book I was unaware of this blemish in American History. The story is told from the perspective of two young women; Mei Lienís, which takes place in the 1880ís and Inaraís in present day. For me, the lure of Mei Lienís story was stronger than Inaraís; the details and nuances of the authorís writing brought this era and itís turbulence to life. Mei Liens' is a tale of racism and anti-Chinese sentiment; some of it hard to read and shades of it still true today. I should also note it was not 100% historically accurate and warrants a Google search when done. In contrast, although I loved parts of the present day story, it felt just a bit forced and a large portion of this thread was very dependent on coincidence. Still, a very engrossing story. I loved how Inaras family's past became her present. Recommend!Back.
Talking Points: History does repeat itself and Human nature does have a dark side. Mei Leins story really resonates with our current immigration issues and gives pause with respect to our ability to change but also to human resilience and the ability to forgive. There are also strong family themes. It also brings into question modern and historical values.
PBR Reader Comments:
This was my book club choice earlier this year. I rated it a 4 because not only was the story very well researched and planned but was based on fact, exposing flaws in human nature and peoples attitudes. This was a love story as well as a lesson in American history. The writing was exquisite and told the story in a very moving and passionate way, while exposing flaws in our society, ones which are still which around today.
by-bvhunt 2016/11/04, 03:23 PM

This is the kind of book that makes you think. The past seems to be repeating itself and human nature seems always to rear itís ugly head. Weíve seen the kind of ethnic discrimination, which takes place in this book, time and time again. Although not entirely accurate, an excellent read for Historical Fiction buffs.
by-linda 2016/10/17, 05:34 PM

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