Friday, 19 February 2016
Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran
During the Cultural Revolution Xinran's parents were thrown in jail for years, thus her and her two year old brother were orphans. Xinran was taken from her mother and given to her Grandmother to bring up. She went back to her parents at seven years of age. Xinran however makes the book full of hope (as well as sorrow) telling Chinese girls who have been adopted - whether in China or overseas, how things were for their mothers and tells them how they were loved and never will be forgotten. Up to 1999 the suicide rate for women was 25% higher than for males in the child-bearing age range.
The author's charity The Mother Bridge of Love was founded to help disadvantaged Chinese children, and to build a bridge of understanding between the West and China. She was a radio presenter in China before going to London to live in 1997. Ten chapters; ten women, and many stories of heartbreak.
Rae, Young@Heart Book Club
Catalogue link: Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother