Deanna Fei A Thread of Sky: A Novel

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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.

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Ten years ago, I toured China with my mother, my sisters, my aunt, and my grandmother--a family reunion that became the seed for my debut novel, A THREAD OF SKY. There was so much to explore during that trip that I knew I needed to experience it again, more deeply, through fiction: the tensions that ignite when six strong, complicated women reunite for two weeks; the paradox of a Chinese American family traversing our ancestral home on a package tour; the great distances and unexpected commonalities between three generations and two nations.
 
But it wasn't until a few years later, when I left my family and friends in New York and moved to China to research A THREAD OF SKY, that I found the heart of the story: the need to reconnect. In our present way of life, we so easily become estranged from our families, our histories, and ourselves. And whether the problem is time, work, geography, pride--so often, it's only when we travel to a distant place that we rediscover the meaning of home.
 
In A THREAD OF SKY, Irene Shen is a suddenly widowed mother of three facing another night alone in her house in Queens. She decides to reunite her daughters, her sister, and her mother for a tour of China, hoping to reclaim some lost meaning: "Jia--family, house, home. In Chinese, it was all one word."
 
While Irene and her family may never fully recapture that tradition, all six women eventually find new and old connections, as intangible yet eternal as "a thread of sky." I hope readers will also join me on this journey and bring home a new way of seeing their loved ones and themselves.

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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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