The Lost Daughter of Happiness

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Hyperion Books, May 22, 2002 - Fiction - 288 pages
36 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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Review: The Lost Daughter of Happiness: A Novel

User Review  - Graham Crawford - Goodreads

Another strong work by this writer. This one is a little slippery, wandering in between genres. It's part historical fiction, part history, part essay. It succeeds in defying boundaries in much the ... Read full review

Review: The Lost Daughter of Happiness: A Novel

User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

Powerful book. I had a hard time getting into the story, but it did get easier to read, in one sense, as you get drawn into the story. It is very shocking to learn about the Chinese slave trade in San Francisco (gold rush era.) There is a lot of violence in this story, so beware. Read full review


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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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