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Peach Blossom Pavilion
by Mingmei Yip
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0758220146, Paperback)When Precious Orchid's father is falsely accused of a crime and found guilty, he is executed, leaving his family a legacy of dishonour. Her mother's only option is to enter a Buddhist nunnery, so she gives her daughter over to the care of her sister in Shanghai.At first, life at Peach Blossom Pavilion feels like a dream. Surrounded by exotic flowers, murmuring fountains, colourful fishponds, and bamboo groves, Precious Orchid sees herself thriving. She is schooled in music, literature, painting, calligraphy, and to her innocent surprise, the art of pleasuring men. For the beautiful Pavilion hides its darker purpose as an elite house of prostitution. And even as she commands the devotion of China's most powerful men, Precious Orchid never gives up on her dream to escape the Pavilion, be reunited with her mother, avenge her father's death, and find true love. And as the richest, most celebrated Ming Ji or "prestigious courtesan" in all of China, she just might have her way even if it comes with a devastating price...Sweeping in scope and stunning in its evocation of China, "Peach Blossom Pavilion" is a remarkable novel with an unforgettable heroine at the heart of its powerful story...
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:04 -0400)
A woman tells her great-grandmother's story of her life in China. Precious Orchid's story tells how, when her family's name has been falsely dishonored, she was sent away to be cared for by a distant relative in Shanghai. The young girl finds the ideal life at Peach Blossom Pavilion until she discovers the dark secret of this elite house of prostitution. She plots to avenge her father's death and escape her fate.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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