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The Middle Heart
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394534328, Hardcover)It is the summer of 1932, the year the Japanese conquered Manchuria, China's northeast region. Three children meet and become best friends for the summer, and blood brothers for a lifetime. They are: Steel Hope, the second son of the House of Li, a once-great clan which survives now on handouts from his grandfather, a merchant who trafficks whith the Japanese; Steel Hope's "bookmate," Mountain Pine, Steel Hope's servant and conscience; and the irrepressible Firecrackers, daughter of the Li's gravekeeper, who masquerades as a boy to take the place of a brother killed years earlier by the Japanese. At the end of the summer a tragic event -- a good deed gone awry -- splits them apart until they are grown.
During the subsequent years of war and cultural upheaval, the destinies of the three friends are realized -- their loyalty to each other tested by the demands of politics and patriotism, and by the question of where honor and obligation lie when confronted by love.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:51:22 -0400)
A historical novel on China in the form of a love triangle. It begins in the 1930s when three children make a vow of brotherhood. One is the son of a noble, the second a servant boy, the third a grave digger's daughter with whom the boys will fall in love. The novel follows their respective fortunes during the Communist Revolution--prison, power, prison--at once competing and helping each other. By the author of Spring Moon.
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