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A modern cinderalla, Adeline Yen Mah grew up in Shanghai during the Communist Revolution, blamed by her siblings for her mother's death, ignored by her millionaire father and unwatned by her Eurasian step mother. A story of greed, hatred and jealousy, of plots, lies and conspiracies, a domestic drama is played agianst the extraordinary political events in China and Hong Kong. Written with the emotional force for novel and yet with the vividness with the personal and political background, FALLING LEAVES has become a surprise bestseller all over the world.
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"I read for two nights, sleepless, my heart pierced by Adeline Yen Mah's account of her terrible childhood. Falling Leaves is a potent psychological drama pitting a stubborn little girl against the most merciless of adversaries and rivals: her own family. I am still haunted by Mah's memoir."
--Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
"Painful and lovely, at once heartbreaking and heartening."
--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"Brilliant, compelling, and unforgettable. A heartrending modern-day Cinderella story set against the turbulence of twentieth-century China. Autobiography at its best."
--Nien Chang, author of Life and Death in Shanghai
Response from readers has exceeded my wildest dreams
For the first fourteen years of my life, I don't recall having opened my mouth once to volunteer a single spontaneous remark during any of the meal times I shared with my parents. Everything I repressed and dared not say as a child growing up in Shanghai is in Falling Leaves. I wrote it on behalf of all unwanted children in the hope that they will persist to do their best in the face of hopelessness, to believe that in the end their spirit will prevail, to transcend their abuse and transform it into a source of courage, creativity and compassion.
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