By Adeline Yen Mah
A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a filthy rich chinese language kin throughout the 1940s.A chinese language proverb says, "Falling leaves go back to their roots." In chinese language Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to inform the tale of her painful adolescence and her final triumph and braveness within the face of depression. Adeline's prosperous, strong family members considers her undesirable success after her mom dies giving beginning to her. existence doesn't get any more uncomplicated while her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, whereas her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. even supposing Adeline wins prizes in school, they don't seem to be sufficient to make amends for what she particularly yearns for -- the affection and knowing of her family.Following the luck of the severely acclaimed grownup bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir is a relocating telling of the vintage Cinderella tale, with Adeline Yen Mah offering her personal brave voice.From the Paperback version.
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If you had not been born, Mama would still be alive. She died because of you. ” At the time of my birth, Big Sister was six and a half years old. My three brothers were five, four and three. They blamed me for causing Mama’s death and never forgave me. A year later, Father remarried. Our stepmother, whom we called Niang, was a seventeen-year-old Eurasian beauty fourteen years his junior. Father always introduced her to his friends as his French wife, though she was actually half French and half Chinese.
Big Sister complained, lowering her voice and motioning me to close the door. I obeyed with alacrity, happy to be included. “We should be careful, though. Niang has her spies. That new tutor-nanny she’s employed for her two children, that Miss Chien, she gives me the creeps. She is so slimy and obsequious, smiling and bowing all the time. Yesterday, she cornered me and invited me to have afternoon tea with Fourth Brother and Little Sister in their nursery. I never saw such a spread—finger sandwiches, toasted buns, chestnut cream cake, sausage rolls.
This was the first time anyone could remember Father singling me out or saying anything to me. Everyone looked at my medal. ” Father continued, beaming with pride. ” I flushed with pleasure and could barely swallow. My big Dia Dia was actually teasing me! On his way out, he even patted me on my head. ” All the grown-ups beamed at me as they followed Father out of the room. How wonderful! My triumph had become Father’s triumph! I must study harder and keep wearing this medal so I can go on pleasing Father.
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah