Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter [Adeline Yen Mah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The emotionally. Adeline Yen Mah is a Chinese-American author and physician. She grew up in Tianjin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 7 Mar Adulthood Over the Ages Book Summary Characters Abuse Adeline was abused physically by her step-mother and emotionally by almost.

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Trivia About Falling Leaves: I wonder if she adelkne what a strong woman she was at that time? Overall, I do recommend the book for an insightful and moving look at family dynamics in Chinese families.

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

This was one of em for me. Apr 07, Paul Wallis rated it it was amazing. This Chinese proverb, “When leaves fall down they return to their roots”, described her life. However, the relationship quickly sours and Byron turns abusive. Such a sad book.

While this certainly wasn’t the most amazing book I’ve ever read, I’m a little concerned at some of the reviews that depict the author as whiny and spoiled for wanting tram fare to go the mile and a adeline yen mah falling leaves to school. Come on, who didn’t see that coming?

Adeline and her older brothers and sisters are consistently emotionally and physically abused by their stepmother, with Adeline taking the brunt of the abuse. May 22, Jasmine rated it it was ok. It reminds me of the Mackenzie Phillips adeline yen mah falling leaves about her own unspeakable horrors at the hands of her own father.

For Adeline, this moment was pivotal. Also leaaves Adeline Yen Mah. I actually wonder if people are thinking she’s older in parts of the book than she actually was. However, her home situation only becomes worse.


She is married to Professor Robert A. Her insights and successes, against all odds, are a fascinating part of this book. I hurt no one. She adeline yen mah falling leaves stated wdeline Falling Leaves that she did not use the real names of her siblings and their spouses leavves protect their identities but she did, however, adeline yen mah falling leaves the real names of her father, stepmother, aunt and husband, while referring to her paternal grandparents only by the Chinese terms ‘Ye Ye’ and ‘Nai Nai’.

I saw one review saying “Why should I care about this person” and another which disliked the way it claims Adeline presents adeline yen mah falling leaves as a “victim”, with which I utterly disagree. In fact, no one cared except for you. Please try again later. To what degree is fxlling account of an abusive childhood universal?

Why do you think she does this? Falling leaves is about after Adeline’s parents died. Mary Karr was right in her go to book about memoirs. I will remember her story for a long time. Was there any happiness for her? The leaved awards a yearly poetry prize at UCLA and promotes the learning of Mandarin through online games and tutorials.

An exceptional student, Mah is allowed to study medicine in England, where, free of her stepmother, she is happier than she’s ever been.

How did the author change during her stay in Britain? I mean, she mentions it so many times in her book on the excuse that inheritance is her only way of knowing fapling sure that her parents approve of her but we adeline yen mah falling leaves see her youngest faoling Susan, who was disowned adeline yen mah falling leaves bravely walking out the door in rebellion against her birth mother’s abuse, whining about exclusion from the inheritance.


Though, as I said, every little detail of every up and down in her relationship with her various family membersdid get tiresome, the fact that she finally created a life for herself through her own determination is even more amazing, adeline yen mah falling leaves since she bore the brunt of the unrelenting abuse.

It adeoine me anxious to find out what was coming next. PinYinPal iPad app demo”. Edgar seems to have a great dislike for multiple things.

The husband worked for the UN, it’s not as if they had to worry about insane repercussions, considering they could just point to the obvious abuses she had suffered and ruin the family’s reputation.

Probably the mab lesson for people to learn, isn’t it? A book about obtaining her fathers will? A compelling story of family cruelty. One aunt is a shining light calling strong will and determination and kindness. Be a cold fish. Why do these relationships turn out the way they do? He promptly send a telegram containing this very simple advice: I hoped that eventually I would come to understand why I should care about the author.

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Besides, “catharsis” can often spill over into payback. Books by Adeline Yen Mah.

BaBa is one of the strongest characters in the novel. Is this the same book as Chinese Cinderella? Approving or disapproving of someone’s life story isn’t a adeline yen mah falling leaves realistic approach to reading a bio. Leavez father marries a beautiful Eurasian woman, Jeanne, whom the children call Niang. Mah’s father, Joseph, too, mistreats his first wife’s children.

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