The Distant Land of My Father

The Distant Land of My Father

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Anna lives in a storybook world: exotic pre- World War II Shanghai, with handsome young parents, wealth, and comfort. Her father, the son of missionaries, leads a charmed and secretive life, though his greatest joy is sharing his beloved city with his only daughter. Yet when Anna and her mother flee Japanese-occupied Shanghai to return to California, he stays behind, believing his connections and a little bit of luck will keep him safe. Through Anna's memories and her father's journals we learn of his fall from charismatic millionaire to tortured prisoner, in a story of betrayal and reconciliation that spans two continents. [The story] unfolds to reveal an enduring family love through tragic circumstances. -Back cover.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, 2002
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
ISBN: 9780156027137
Characteristics: 378 p. : 21 cm


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Feb 16, 2013

This memoir provided good historical perspective on Shanghai and its evolution from pre-WW II to communism through the eyes of a young girl as she grows into adulthood. I liked the writing style and the historical details provided. In addition, the relationship dynamic of a husband who is unable/unwilling to leave Shanghai and separates himself from his family provides depth to the main characters. This would be a good book club book and does include discussion questions in the edition I read.


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