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"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole lives would change." (Buddha)
Coming of age during China’s Cultural Revolution, Benfu survived the cruel years, but he did not emerge unscathed. The Scavenger’s Daughters is the story of Benfu and his beloved wife Calli, chronicling their attempts to build a life in the turmoil and aftermath of Maoist China. At the heart of their struggle lies the pain of losing their only child. To fill the terrible hole in their lives, they take in abandoned girls - the unwanted "weeds" - as their own, lovingly caring for them as flowers in a garden. Linnea, the oldest of the scavenger’s daughters, embarks on a struggle of her own, as she falls in love with the son of a wealthy family.
Inspired by a true story, this poetic tale of modern-day China chronicles Benfu and Calli as they turn their path of hardship into a beautiful field of flowers.
©2013 Kay Bratt (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Debbie on 12-16-14

China's Discarded Baby Girls ... Chosen and Loved

This (fictional) tale of Chinese baby girls abandoned in various places, then picked up, cared for and loved by a gentle man and his wife who had lost their only child is one of the most moving, heartrending stories I've ever heard. Although fiction, the details of China's cultural revolution, during and after Mao's reign are factual. The Scavenger (trash collector) begins bringing home abandoned baby girls and he and his wife, name each one after flowers, raising them as their own. But never forgetting their own first little girl, Dahlia. Americans cannot fathom life in China. But The Scavenger's Daughters will give you a glimpse of it. It is rich in detail. You will begin to understand how things got the way they are in China, and you will shiver at the thought of it.

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By Estimated Prophet on 04-28-14

Gripping Tale to the End

What does Will Damron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very good narration of a wonderful story. The only downside is that Will Damron has not dug very deep to find out how the simple Chinese terms used in the book are actually pronounced. This won't bother many people, but for those of us who speak Chinese it was a bit annoying at times.

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I am already into the sequel. Ms. Bratt knows how to tell a story and the characters are very compelling. Can't wait to find out what happens next.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By M J on 03-31-17

The Scavenger's Daughters

A wonderful story, a descriptive and emotional view of China's poor though rich in love and how they cope with life, did not want it to end. Beautifully read.!

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