All the Flowers in Shanghai

All the Flowers in Shanghai

Book - 2012
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"Duncan Jepson magically inhabits the life of a young Chinese woman in 1930s Shanghai....I thoroughly enjoyed this book."
--Janice Y. K. Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Teacher

"Breathtaking....A great work that will move its readers."
--Hong Ying, international bestselling author of Daughter of the River

Readers previously enchanted by Memoirs of a Geisha, Empress, and the novels of Lisa See will be captivated by Duncan Jepson's marvelous debut, All the Flowers in Shanghai. Evocative, sweeping, yet intimate historical fiction, Jepson's novel transports us to a China on the brink of revolution, and witnesses this colorful, tumultuous world through the eyes of a woman forced into a life not of her choosing and driven to seek a bitter revenge. This epic journey into the heart of Asia is sure to mesmerize fans of Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062081605
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,21 cm.


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Nov 20, 2016

Absolutely amazing book!! It was a little slow at the very beginning, however as Feng gently encouraged me to follow her along her journey from being a free-spirited blue collar wild flower to a victim of her own family to the controversial rigid wife and mother, whom I least expected to fulfill such a role, I was gripped and simply could not put this book down for the life of me.
The only element that I did not enjoy was the remaining few chapters that humbled such a fierce being - I felt as though the author had trapped himself in a place and needed (desperately) to escape, leaving the reader lost and disappoint, such as Feng may have been. It seemed a bit out-of-place to denounce on such vague terms.

Feb 18, 2014

Very pleasant and easy reading. Almost as good as a Thousand Splendid Suns in the sense that a male author is writing from a female perspective. Strngly recommend as well as The Waiting by Ha Jin

Mar 02, 2013

I enjoyed the book more than I thought I was going to. It added perspective for me about the recent history of China.

May 03, 2012

Many details in the story just did not ring true for me. I also disliked the main character and could not sympathize with the choices she made.

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