All the Flowers in Shanghai

All the Flowers in Shanghai

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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1930s, Shanghai. Feng becomes the bride of a wealthy businessman in a marriage arranged by her parents and learns that fulfilling her duty means bearing a male heir. Ruthless and embittered by a life that has been forced on her, Feng plots a terrible revenge. But as the years pass, she must come to a reckoning with the sacrifices and the terrible choices she has made to assure her place in family and society.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062081605
Characteristics: 302 pages ;,21 cm.

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melgaardk
Nov 20, 2016

Absolutely amazing book!! It was a little slow at the very beginning, however as Feng gently encouraged me to follow her along her journey from being a free-spirited blue collar wild flower to a victim of her own family to the controversial rigid wife and mother, whom I least expected to fulfill such a role, I was gripped and simply could not put this book down for the life of me.
The only element that I did not enjoy was the remaining few chapters that humbled such a fierce being - I felt as though the author had trapped himself in a place and needed (desperately) to escape, leaving the reader lost and disappoint, such as Feng may have been. It seemed a bit out-of-place to denounce on such vague terms.

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papillon63
Feb 18, 2014

Very pleasant and easy reading. Almost as good as a Thousand Splendid Suns in the sense that a male author is writing from a female perspective. Strngly recommend as well as The Waiting by Ha Jin

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meyoubou
Mar 02, 2013

I enjoyed the book more than I thought I was going to. It added perspective for me about the recent history of China.

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bg2
May 03, 2012

Many details in the story just did not ring true for me. I also disliked the main character and could not sympathize with the choices she made.

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