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An interesting story...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter (Hardcover)
I just finished this book for my book club and every one of us liked it. I think it's horrible for any child to be treated in the manner that Adeline and her siblings were treated. It's sad to know that it's actually not all that unusual, no matter what your economic background might be. I do think she was more fortunate than most in that she was able to go to England and study. What I really question is why she kept thinking that her father, Niang, and siblings were all going to change. I guess I see it as "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me". She'd gotten away, moved to America, found Bob and had kids she adored. Why did she let these people back into her life? It seems to me that Susan was the only one to escape the emotional bondage that Niang held. The father is as much to blame as Niang. I just can't understand how anyone could treat children that way. I found much of the history she wrote about very interesting and I would recommend the book to others.