Politics, Survival and a Forgotten Art: The Story of Chinese Women Embroiderers
Like my other novels, Secret of a Thousand Beauties is about women who overcome great difficulties to make better lives for themselves. It is set in 1930s Suzhou and Beijing, a time when an imperial embroiderer might be your next-door neighbor. And a time of great creative ferment, but also great social turmoil with modernizers, revolutionaries, and gangsters vying to determine China’s future. Women were attaining more freedom, but the old oppressions persisted, such as the notorious ghost marriage, in which a woman was forced to marry a dead man.
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