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Author Yip, Mingmei, author.

Title Secret of a thousand beauties / Mingmei Yip. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Publication Info. New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (300 pages)
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Summary Set against the vibrant and intrigue-laden backdrop of 1930s China, Mingmei Yip's enthralling novel explores one woman's defiant pursuit of independence. Spring Swallow was promised in marriage while still in her mother's belly. When the groom dies before a wedding can take place, seventeen-year-old Spring Swallow is ordered to become a ghost bride to appease his spirit. Under her in-laws' protection, she will be little more than a servant, unable to know real love or bear children. Refusing to accept her fate as a "bad-luck woman," Spring Swallow flees on her wedding day. In the city of Soochow, Spring Swallow joins a community of renowned embroiderers. The women work for Aunty Peony, whose exquisite stitching once earned her the Emperor's love. But when Aunty Peony agrees to replicate a famous painting--a lucrative assignment that will take a year to complete--betrayal and jealousy emerges within the group. Spring Swallow becomes entangled in each woman's story of heartbreak, even while she embarks on a dangerous affair with a young revolutionary. On a journey that leads from the remote hillsides around Soochow to cosmopolitan Peking, Spring Swallow draws on the secret techniques learned from Aunty Peony and her own indomitable strength, determined to forge a life that is truly her own. Praise For The Novels Of Mingmei Yipon Petals From the Sky.
Note Includes reading group guide.
Summary Ordered to become a ghost bride in 1930s China, seventeen-year-old Spring Swallow flees to Soochow where she joins a community of embroiderers and engages in a dangerous love affair with a young revolutionary.
Chronological Term 1912-1949
Subject Women -- China -- Fiction.
Embroidery -- Fiction.
Embroidery. (OCoLC)fst00908378
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Women. (OCoLC)fst01176568
China -- History -- 1928-1937 -- Fiction.
China -- Social life and customs -- 1912-1949 -- Fiction.
China -- Social life and customs -- 1912-1949.
China -- Women.
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
Genre Historical fiction.
Electronic books.
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Yip, Mingmei. Secret of a thousand beauties New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2014] 9781617733215 (NjBwBT)bl2014050206 (OCoLC)871671200
ISBN 9781617733222 : $15.00
1617733229 : $15.00
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