The Lost Daughter of Happiness

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Hyperion Books, May 22, 2002 - Fiction - 288 pages
3 Reviews
Los Angeles Times bestseller -- now in paperback.

A "sensuous and disquieting new novel" [New York Times] from one of China's most acclaimed novelists, the award-winning screenwriter of Joan Chen's film Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl

The Lost Daughter of Happiness is an epic and moving love story of individuals intoxicated with one another and yet repeatedly separated by prejudice and mistrust. The novel chronicles the lives of the main characters over decades against a backdrop of social turmoil -- the anti-Chinese hysteria that plagued San Francisco.

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User Review  - maryreinert - LibraryThing

I understand why Harriet is the #1 reviewer - she put in words exactly how I felt about the book. I thought the setting and "history" of the period was interesting, but I just could not become attached to any of the characters. Read full review

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User Review  - Limelite - LibraryThing

The nightmare of life in post Civil War San Francisco for Chinese immigrants is exposed in this quasi love story. Chris, aged 12 is fascinated, then obsessed throughout his life, by the 20-year old ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Geling Yan was born in Shanghai and began writing in the late 1970s as a journalist. Her first novel was published in China in 1985. Following the Tiananmen Square massacre, she left China for the United States. Since then she has written many short stories, including one that was made into the award-winning film Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl. She lives in San Francisco and Africa.

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