Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid -- an awkward role in which she is more than a servant, but less than a daughter. As ...Show synopsisYoung Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid -- an awkward role in which she is more than a servant, but less than a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago. "The conflicts inherent in the Chinese and Jewish temperament are delicately and intricately traced with profound wisdom and delicate understanding in this tale... This is an enchanting story, the theme of which is tolerance. Highly recommended." --"Library Journal"Hide synopsis
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Pearl Buck weaves the story of a Chinese handmaiden's love for the only son of the Jewish family she serves, with the matriarch's struggle to hold onto her commmunity's religious traditions amid the steady assimilation of outsiders by the Chinese through mixed marriages. Lovely historical details show the royal family, the tradesmen, the servants' lives and the rigid culture that governed China and their guests.
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