WOMEN of the SILK by Gail Tsukiyama

WOMEN of the SILK by Gail Tsukiyama, 1991. West Coast Bestseller in hardcover form. This story takes place in 1926 China “where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn until dusk.The young women lead the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the atrength of their ambition, dreams and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own.”  The story starts out in the year 1919.

Here is the teaser:

“Yes, Yu-sung” said Ching. “There is the head, the baby comes, the baby comes!”

   And there between her mother’s legs Pei could see the baby’s head emerge. It was a dark, wet, ugly thing, sliding out so slowly with each push. She wanted to step forward and see more, but her legs felt weak. When Pei turned around to share this with Li, she she saw that Li had her eyes closed tight, even as her hands continued mending the cotton trousers.”

NOTE: Will this book be depressing to the sensitive reader? Perhaps, it’s a life of hardship as are most of the Asian novels I read. They write of real life in all it’s glory and sadness.</p

So far I'm enjoying the book, reading about another lifestyle, another century.


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