To view it, click here. And who could blame them? In Women of the Silkwe follow the principal character, Pei, who is essentially abandoned by her family when she is a young girl, sent off to the nearest silk-making factory to earn a living that will help her family Women of the SilkGail Tsukiyama's first novel, is well worth its strong reputation. They seemed to survive in their own cocoon of safety. I still plan to read the sequel to this novel, The Language of Threads. Motherly Auntie Yee ran a home for the young girls working in the silk factory, and a sisterhood developed among the lonely girls. All of this is deftly interwoven against the backdrop of China's political struggles and Japanese aggression and atrocities.
Everything she says is like a poem and the beauty is so evident in the small parts like when she describes the preparation of food or the city sights and smells as the character goes on a walk through town.
Women of the Silk
All rights reserved. After recently hearing Tsukiyama speak in person, I decided to go back and read her novels in order. That and the fact that several characters were introduced very flatly, only so they could be killed off later and the reader meant to mourn their 'tragic' deaths. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 01, Jason Prodoehl rated it really liked it Shelves: