The Concubine's Daughter: A Novel (Paperback)

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An epic, heart-wrenching story of a mother and daughter's journey to their destiny.

Lotus Feet. He would give his daughter the dainty feet of a courtesan. This would enhance her beauty and her price, making her future shine like a new coin. He smiled to himself, pouring fresh tea. And it would stop her from running away…

When the young concubine of an old farmer in rural China gives birth to a daughter called Li-Xia, or "Beautiful One," the child seems destined to become a concubine herself. Li refuses to submit to her fate, outwitting her father's orders to bind her feet and escaping the silk farm with an English sea captain. Li takes her first steps toward fulfilling her mother's dreams of becoming a scholar—but her final triumph must be left to her daughter, Su Sing, "Little Star," in a journey that will take her from remote mountain refuges to the perils of Hong Kong on the eve of World War II.

About the Author

Pai Kit Fai has lived and travelled extensively in the Far East, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India and the Philippines, studying Oriental methods of fitness and healing. His literary work includes five novels and five nonfiction books published in Australia and the UK, and his U.S. debut novel, The Concubine's Daughter.

Praise For…

"The wealth of detail about Chinese history and culture gives this book an edge over other stories that tell a similar tale." - Historical Novel Society
Product Details
ISBN: 9780312355210
ISBN-10: 0312355211
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 29th, 2009
Pages: 496
Language: English