Pearl of China by Anchee Min
This book is a fictional story based on the life of Pearl S. Buck, nobel prize winning writer and activist. She was the daughter of missionaries working in China during the last of the nineteenth century.
Her friendship with a destitute Chinese girl lasts for years until civil war breaks out. Pearl has to flee Mao’s new regime but her loyalty to her friend continues. The books that Pearl wrote about the life in China were legendary. After I out grew the juvenile genre, I found her books. The fascinating stories of daily life in China took me through my teenage years. I loved them so I read them over and over.
I was so happy when my niece discovered Anchee Min and we had many discussions. I find her books timeless. Hopefully, after reading this Anchee Min novel, patrons will be encouraged to seek out Pearl S. Buck’s books.
Review by Romalda Park