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1997*1st*Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter - Adeline Yen Mah(Michael Joseph Publisher)

1997*1st*Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter - Adeline Yen Mah(Michael Joseph Publisher)

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"Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter" by Adeline Yen Mah is an autobiographical account of her tumultuous childhood and the challenges she faced growing up in a traditional Chinese family. Set against the backdrop of 20th-century China, the book details the author's life from her early years in Tianjin to her adulthood in the United States.

Adeline Yen Mah was born in 1937, and shortly after her birth, her mother died due to complications from childbirth. Her father remarried a beautiful but cruel Eurasian woman named Niang, who showed blatant favoritism towards her own children, treating Adeline and her siblings with cruelty and neglect. Adeline's life was marked by emotional and physical abuse, as she struggled to gain affection and recognition from her family.

Despite the adversities, Adeline excelled academically, which became her escape and source of validation. Her perseverance eventually led her to England, where she studied medicine. The book also delves into the broader historical context, including the Japanese occupation of China, the Chinese Civil War, and the rise of communism, all of which influenced her family's fortunes and relationships.

As an adult, Adeline emigrated to the United States, where she found success as a physician and writer. Throughout her life, she grappled with the long-lasting impacts of her traumatic childhood and her complex relationship with her family. "Falling Leaves" is a poignant story of resilience, shedding light on the cultural and familial dynamics that shaped Adeline Yen Mah's life.

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