In her newest novel, the acclaimed author of "Petals from the Sky" follows a contemporary young woman's journey along China's fabled Silk Road in a story woven with intriguing characters and a remarkable narrative.Read more...
In her newest novel, the acclaimed author of "Petals from the Sky" follows a contemporary young woman's journey along China's fabled Silk Road in a story woven with intriguing characters and a remarkable narrative.
- ISBN-13: 9780758241825
- ISBN-10: 0758241828
- Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
- Publish Date: April 2011
- Page Count: 351
- Dimensions: 1.25 x 5.75 x 8.25 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.74 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-01-31
- Reviewer: Staff
Yip's lively new novel manages to be at once modern and traditional. Struggling scribe Lily Lin is writing her Chinese-American family saga, stuck in a dead-end relationship with a married man, and employed as a waitress in a Chinese restaurant in midtown Manhattan. When she is contacted by a law firm representing a previously unknown but apparently wealthy Chinese aunt, she ignores her good fortune, thinking it fishy, "like a clichéd plot in a cheap novel." But it's not, and if Lily follows her aunt's obsessive instructions to retrace her own Silk Road sojourn, Lily will receive three million dollars. She accepts the challenge, and thus begins an absorbing journey that only seems to make sense as a way of uniting the Chinese and Western halves of Lily's heritage. Surprising and often funny. Yip's (Peach Blossom Pavilion) modern heroine's quest is filled with unique companions, unforeseen dangers, unexpected joys, and bitter sorrows. Part epic, part coming-of-age story, part modern fairy tale, it only falters in an easy ending, which readers, by then in love with Lily Lin, will likely forgive. (Apr.)