Ties That Bind, Ties That Break
By (author) Lensey Namioka
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Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka
Book DescriptionAilin has watched her two older sisters go through the painful process of having their feet bound. Her decision to resist this ancient custom in 1911 China leads to her being shunned by her intended's family as well as her own. But, with courage and bold conviction, she forges her own destiny.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780440415992
(175mm x 105mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Bantam USA
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Set in China in 1900s, this book presents the story of a young girl who defied tradition by refusing to have her feet bound and in doing so changed the course of her life forever.
US Kirkus Review » Namioka (Den of the White Fox, 1997, etc.) offers readers a glimpse of the ritual of foot-binding, and a surprising heroine whose life is determined by her rejection of that ritual. Ailin is spirited - her family thinks uncontrollable - even at age five, in her family's compound in China in 1911, she doesn't want to have her feet bound, especially after Second Sister shows Ailin her own bound feet and tells her how much it hurts. Ailin can see already how bound feet will restrict her movements, and prevent her from running and playing. Her father takes the revolutionary step of permitting her to leave her feet alone, even though the family of Ailin's betrothed then breaks off the engagement. Ailin goes to the missionary school and learns English; when her father dies and her uncle cuts off funds for tuition, she leaves her family to become a nanny for an American missionary couple's children. She learns all the daily household chores that were done by servants in her own home, and finds herself, painfully, cut off from her own culture and separate from the Americans. At 16, she decides to go with the missionaries when they return to San Francisco, where she meets and marries another Chinese immigrant who starts his own restaurant. The metaphor of things bound and unbound is a ribbon winding through this vivid narrative; the story moves swiftly, while Ailin is a brave and engaging heroine whose difficult choices reflect her time and her gender. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Lensey Namioka
Lensey Namioka is the author of "Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear" and "Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family."
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