Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

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Delacorte Press, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 205 pages
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A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family.

Following the success of the critically acclaimed adult bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir is a moving telling of the classic Cinderella story, with Adeline Yen Mah providing her own courageous voice. Includes 6-page photo insert.


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User Review  - aryadeschain - LibraryThing

I don't even know how to begin this review. So what do we have here? A girl who, regardless of her bitter lifestyle, just kept on dreaming and fighting? It may sound cliché, but the resulting story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Different. Maybe 2.5 stars. She wasn't made a scullery maid, as was the Cinderella of tradition - and she did have her Ye Ye and her Aunt Baba, alive and well - but she was truly unloved by her step ... Read full review

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Contents

Top of the Class
1
A Tianjin Family 5
3
Life in Tianjin
4
Arrival in Shanghai Eğ
22
First Day at School 3 E4
27
Family Reunion ºgº
32
Tram Fare Hiš
36
Chinese New Year Fff
42
PLI Ivº H
72
Big Sisters Wedding 3H
85
A Birthday Party EEſºf
97
Class President
105
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Adeline Yen Mah is a writer and physician.


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