The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Paperback - 2015
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A USA TodayBestseller!

"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful story that brought me to tears more than once, and was a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. A powerful debut that proves the threads that interweave our lives can withstand time and any tide, and bind our hearts forever."-Susanna Kearsley,New York Timesbestselling author

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric novel serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.

The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets...

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core -- and force her to make an impossible choice.

"A touching and tender story about discovering the past to bring peace to the present."-- Duncan Jepson, author of All the Flowers in Shanghai

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781492608332
Branch Call Number: FIC EST
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 21 cm


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KCLSQueennie Nov 20, 2018

This piece of historical fiction shows how the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 affected the life of fictional Seattle-born Chinese woman, Liu Mei-Lin, and her family. The book does a (relatively) good job of showcasing racial injustices, but only surface level. Additionally, certain parts may indicate some internalized racism. The history of Mei-Lin's time was the more captivating than the present-day chapters, and wished the author delved further into her past. This book encouraged me to read further into the Chinese exclusions acts happening in the US.

Jun 16, 2018

Great story. I loved that it was set in the PNW and was so educational. Heartbreaking but a good portrayal of history. Fun read.

May 23, 2018

A tear jerker! The author did a good job of conveying race relations between Chinese and European Americans at the time. Although the plot can be predictable at times, it's based on historical events so it shouldn't come as a surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

ArapahoeBetsy Oct 27, 2017

Interesting premise, but the storyline was predictable with overly convenient plot twists and uninspired writing. And, shouldn't the protagonist be a "woman", not a "girl"? She was a mother, after all.

Oct 17, 2016

A friend recommended I read this for the family history research in its plot and our shared love of textiles.

This is the author’s debut novel although an interview in my paperback copy says she’s written several romance novels. I kept feeling she’d not quite left that genre behind her. Too predictable for me although I enjoyed some aspects of it.

Sep 07, 2016

This is a wonderful read - the local aspect makes it even more appealing and it is obviously well researched. If you are a fan of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet you will undoubtedly enjoy this book!

d2013 Dec 23, 2015

Good captivating story based on true events. Love the back and forth from the 1800's to modern day.

Kaycross Oct 29, 2015

The story of two girls, separated by race and time, both searching for freedom, acceptance and love whose histories finally collide in a tale of hatred, racism, love and forgiveness. A very good read.

Oct 15, 2015

Every new ethic group has experienced racial prejudices born to ignorance in the US. The courage it takes to survive is such a hostile environment is a part of US history. It's not just about the white Europeans that settled here. This book is an eye-opener.

Sep 28, 2015

I loved this book. It takes place on Orcas Island, WA. I learned a great deal about Asian history in WA. A great read. I highly recommend this book

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