Women of the Silk

A Novel

Gail Tsukiyama

St. Martin's Griffin

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In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk. Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own. Tsukiyama's graceful prose weaves the details of "the silk work" and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength.

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Women of the Silk
Chapter One1919Pei 
 
Her first memory of pain was an image of her mother. Pei was three or four the first time, and the same thing that had happened then was happening now. Her mother's moans almost woke her from this daydream, but she squeezed her eyes shut, and could see her mother's silk painting with the five white birds on it. Three of them were perched upon branches of white blossoms, the other two in flight. It was the only beautiful thing in their house, and Pei could see it even in her darkness. When she asked too many questions about it, or about

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"Enlivened with an engrossing richness of detail, Women of the Silk provides a revealing look at the life and customs of China . . . succinct and delicate."
The New York Times Book Review

"Evocative . . . warm-hearted."—Washington Post Book World

"A soft ring of feminism . . . languorous, almost dreamlike quality."—Booklist

"One of the lovliest first novels published this year."—San Francisco Chronicle

"A first novel exceptional for its exquisite writing and for its rich portrait of a woman's life in a China now lost. Her story is rendered with exceptional grace, with the clear, shining dignity of legend or song; Tsukiyama lends her voice to figures of women emboldened by their dream of growth and personal power."—Ingram

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Gail Tsukiyama

Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California. Her novels include Dreaming Water, The Language of Threads, The Samurai's Garden, and Night of Many Dreams.

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Women of the Silk
A Novel
Gail Tsukiyama

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 1993
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312099435
ISBN10: 0312099436
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$14.99

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April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429952293
ISBN10: 1429952296
288 pages
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