I really enjoyed this book … another novel told with two main characters in two different time periods but connected in some way.
This book also really made me think about how as a country, we have many examples of discrimination in our history … more than many of us realize, or want to admit. We always tout ourselves as being a welcoming country, a melting pot, but that hasn’t been/isn’t always the case.
I had never heard of the Chinese Exclusion Act before reading this book. The author’s note at the end of the book indicated that this story was based on several different events in history all mashed together, so the actual story wasn’t real … yet could have happened.
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
July 7, 2015
Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core — and force her to make an impossible choice.
Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.