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Moon Cakes by Andrea Louie 0345385543 9780345385543
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Moon Cakes by Andrea Louie

More than just a sweet Chinese pastry eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, a moon cake is a morsel of tradition.... The second daughter of successful Chinese parents, Maya Li grows up in Ohio, raised on equal measures of steamed rice and sliced white bread. Never a stellar student or an ambitious careerist, Maya seems content to stand in the reflected light of her beautiful, talented sister. Now, working in New York City in a series of dead-end jobs, she finds herself heartbroken and in search of the sense of self she lost with the sudden death of her beloved father and with the end of a poignant love affair. Then, almost accidentally, she is drawn to the country of her parents youth. Maya embarks on a trip to China, much to the bewilderment of her aloof sister and preoccupied mother, both of whom never looked back on their legacy of sadness. Seeing too much in too little time, Maya and her tour group rush through temples, tombs, and beyond the Forbidden City. As she emerges into the rural peasant countryside, Mayas mind is awash with both memory and discovery, remorse and wonder. One thing emerges clearly: She is on a journey of the soul, and her connection to the land of her parents birth is enduring. The unfolding geography--of both China and Mayas inner, private landscape--emerges vividly in this haunting first novel about a young woman coming to terms with her personal and ancestral history and with the increasing complexities of what it means to be American.

Author: Andrea Louie

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 332

Publisher: One World/Ballantine

Publication Date: 1995-05-23

Our Price: $7.08

ISBN: 0345385543

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