Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

Adeline Yen Mah

Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
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Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

Adeline Yen Mah

‘I am still haunted by Mah’s memoir … Riveting. A marvel of memory. Poignant proof of the human will to endure’ Amy Tan Adeline Yen Mah’s childhood in China during the civil war was a time of fear, isolation and humiliation. The cause of this was not political upheaval but systemic emotional and physical abuse by her step-mother and siblings, and rejection by her father. Falling Leaves is the story of a ‘Fifth Younger Daughter’ and her determination to survive the pain of a lonely childhood. ‘Falling Leaves is a terrible and riveting family history … It is also a story about endurance and the cost it can exact … gripping’ Daily Telegraph ‘An illuminating account of the destructive nature of family relationships set against a backdrop of China in change’ Mail on Sunday ‘A light burns in this book that is never extinguished … it is an act, not a vengeance or bitterness, but of catharsis’ Sunday Telegraph ‘The pain of so much emotional abuse leaps from every page … the most amazing aspect of this story is that Adeline managed to survive … and emerge triumphant … compelling’ Daily Mail

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