A Hundred Flowers
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
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A powerful new novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
China, 1957. Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society: "Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend." Many intellectuals fear it is only a trick, and Kai Ying's husband, Sheng, a teacher, has promised not to jeopardize their safety or that of their young son, Tao. But one July morning, just before his sixth birthday, Tao watches helplessly as Sheng is dragged away for writing a letter criticizing the Communist Party and sent to a labor camp for "reeducation."
A year later, still missing his father desperately, Tao climbs to the top of the hundred-year-old kapok tree in front of their home, wanting to see the mountain peaks in the distance. But Tao slips and tumbles thirty feet to the courtyard below, badly breaking his leg.
As Kai Ying struggles to hold her small family together in the face of this shattering reminder of her husband's absence, other members of the household must face their own guilty secrets and strive to find peace in a world where the old sense of order is falling. Once again, Tsukiyama brings us a powerfully moving story of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances with grace and courage.
Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won twelve prestigious AudieAwards and was "Booklist" s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.
Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of approximately 400 audiobooks, winner of forty-one "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and a six-time Audies recipient. He was the winner of the 2012 Audie Awards for Best Male Narrator, the 2011 Best Voice in Biography and History, and the 2010 Best Voice in fiction by "AudioFile" magazine. "Audiofile" magazine named him a Golden Voice, and "Booklist" magazine named him a Voice of Choice.
Recently, Vance narrated Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies" (a 2013 Audie Awards winner), Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (winner of two 2013 Audie awards), and Benjamin Hoff's "The Tao of Pooh" by (winner of one 2013 Audie Awards and two nominations). Some of his best-selling and most critically acclaimed performances include Mark Logue and Peter Conradi's "The King's Speech", Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale", Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray", all 21 titles of Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" series, Frank Herbert's original "Dune" series and Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".