Chinese Cinderella (Puffin Modern Classics) –

Adeline Yen Mah first told her story in the emotive, bestselling Falling Leaves, an adult autobiography which charted her passage from childhood through to womanhood Here in Chinese Cinderella she relates her tale for younger readers, detailing her difficult life as an unwanted and deeply misunderstood childChristened with the Chinese name Jun ling, her mother died just a few days after her birth, and from that moment her fate within her family was sealed As one of seven siblings, including two children from her father s second marriage, Jun ling struggled to maintain her dignity from a young age, treated as she was with a vicious contempt by all around her at home, apart from her beloved Aunt Baba and her elderly grandfather Growing up as she did in a relatively wealthy Chinese family in the s and s, the privileges that money would normally give such a child passed her by, and even her intelligence which shone through as early as kindergarten could not save her from the emotional brutality of a family who simply did not love herJun lings story, written from the very heart of the successful adult she has become, is a stinging and hostile tale of a child whose young life was blighted by lack of care and affection and is an emotional roller coaster journey which, without actually falling into the trap of melodrama, will wring tears of rage, sadness and deep, deep frustration from any reader Ageand over Susan HarrisonThis memoir is hard to put down Author Publishers Weekly Absorbing Author School Library Journal

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