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Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

imageA harsh look at working women in early 20th century China specifically those laboring in a silk factory.

Pei, the main protagonist, a young girl emerging from immense hardship. Entering as a silk factory worker, she finds her world vastly improved by fostering deep relationships with females from similar circumstances. The factory women form a unbreakable sisterhood enriching their lives through a supportive nurturing network. Electing to remain unmarried, these woman possess a self confidence and independence along with freedom married woman fail to experience.

Tsukiyama creates a compelling narrative demonstrating strength and independence. Her lyrical prose adds to the enjoyable reading experience. Colorful details provide a lush visual sense consuming your attention. Wonderful character development, an emotional bond instantly forges between characters and peruser. Meticulous historical references of China circa 1920’s-1930’s. The bonds these woman create against societal abuse, political turmoil, as well as their own personal hardships is affecting. A wonderful story of women and their collective and individual strength.

Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published October 1st 1991)
ISBN13: 9780312099435

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