A Thread of Sky (Paperback)

By Deanna Fei

Penguin Books, 9780143118626, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2011

Summer '11 Reading Group List

“Lin Yulan, a revolutionary and leader of the Chinese feminist movement, reluctantly returns to her homeland after a self-imposed exile. The purpose is to join with her two daughters and three granddaughters for a guided tour of 'the new China' in an effort for the nearly estranged women to reconnect. Each woman arrives in China with her own agenda, and each discovers that some shameful secrets are simply too heavy to bear alone.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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April 2010 Indie Next List

“Lin Yulan, a revolutionary and leader of the Chinese feminist movement, reluctantly returns to her homeland after a self-imposed exile. The purpose is to join with her two daughters and three granddaughters for a guided tour of 'the new China' in an effort for the nearly estranged women to reconnect. Each woman arrives in China with her own agenda, and each discovers that some shameful secrets are simply too heavy to bear alone. A very promising debut.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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Description

Deanna Fei is the author of the highly anticipated memoir GIRL IN GLASS, coming to bookstores this summer.
"One of those rare novels that delivers on the promise of its opening pages. This summer, no smart woman should leave on vacation without it." -ChicagoTribune.com

When her husband of thirty years is killed, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. In a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family, Irene plans a tour of mainland China, reuniting three generations of women-her fiercely independent daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year-old mother. But each woman bears secrets big and small, and just as they begin to reconnect, the most carefully guarded secret of all threatens to tear them apart forever. Depicting a China at once timeless and ever changing, A Thread of Sky is a beautifully written story of love and sacrifice, history and memory, sisterhood and motherhood, and the connections that endure.


About the Author

Deanna Fei was born in Flushing, New York, and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai. A graduate of Amherst College and the Iowa Writers' workshop, she has received a Fulbright grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and a Chinese cultural scholarship, among other awards. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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