My favourite novels are about identity, adversity and the resilience of the human spirit. I have a passionate fascination for books about women and families in Asian countries in the 1900’s.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy all by Lisa See brilliantly illuminate the potent bonds of mother love, patriotic love, cruelty of mankind, expectations of self, and torrid struggles through war and adversity.
Memoirs of a Geisha tells the story of a nine-year-old girl sold into slavery by her family. Sayuri is groomed to become a Japanese geisha for the pleasure of others; she is a performer, slave and goddess. Throughout her life she continues to pay back the price of her purchase.
The powerful connection I feel to these stories intrigues me to the point that I wonder whether I have lived before in another country in another era.