Dec 24, 2005

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen-Mah

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.


Catherine said...

Yeah it's a really nice book. I read another version of her memoir - Chinese Cinderella Story. (or somewhere there la the title). Cant keep track how many times I cried while reading it. Hehe. Really Nice.

Allyfeel said...

I read this many years back. Can you believe it, I cried? *Sob sob*
A very nice reading...errr where is my copy? I think it's with my friend now.

wHOisBaBy said...

Yes, the book is so well written. I was so into the story and I feel like I was here. The sadness just poured onto me and I did shed a few tears.