The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • by Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets.
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' 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.

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"Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers a riveting performance of Estes's ambitious debut novel." (AudioFile)

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1880s Washington Territory and Chinese Exclusion

Before listening to The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, I had never heard of the Chinese Exclusion Act . . . as many Chinese immigrated to the US, they were instrumental in the completion of the transcontinental railroad, they worked in the mining industry and became respected, hard working members of American society . . . then as the economy weakened, and employment became scarce, the Chinese were increasingly discriminated against . . . the story, based on historical facts, moves between current day and the late 1800s . . . set on an island in Puget Sound off Washington State . . . It is a tale of longing and love between a parent and a child, transcending generations, and it reaches through the ages . . . don't miss it . . .
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- Debbie "Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper."

Crudeness and Interesting story

It is a rare book written today that is not littered with foul language on every page but this is one. The story is based upon a little known prejudiced and hateful society that raged on the northern West Coast of our country. I knew Chinese immigrants were used to build the railroads but did not realize the depth of the hatred. Tied with the stories of the generations of the two families the mystery and exposure evolves.
The reader used no accent for the Chinese speakers but did for the German and Irish which was strange to me. I suspect this was done due to the volume of a Chinese dialect would hamper the ease of listening to an audio book. This glitch could easily be remedied in a film which I assume will be produced. The story is too interesting not to make a movie of it.

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- Peggy Fulghum

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.