This morning while I was reading Amy Tan's latest novel - Saving Fish from Drowning, it came to my mind that I read a very beautiful written memoir a few years back. I was trying to search about it to blog, unfortunately, I didn't remember the name of the author or the title of the book.
I searched high and low in hope to be able to get an glimpse of the author name or the title because I know if I see any clue at all I will remember. Fortunately, I was able to look up my diary (written from 2001-2003) and was able to locate the title and author's name - Falling Leaves : The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen-Mah. I read this memoir back in 2001.
It is a very well written memoir of the author herself while growing up in Shanghai and then later in Hong Kong, UK and America. This book has a well collection of memory of a little girl who was left without a mother after she was born. This girl was the youngest among the 5 children and thus, she was referred to as 'Wu Mei' - Fifth sister. Within a year after her mother passing, her millionaire father remarried a beaultiful wife. With her, he had two children. From then on, ... the suffering. abusing, and thriving ... began.
Go and get yourself this book and start reading.