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MISSED EDUCATION BOOK CLUB: Reading, Peach Blossom Spring
Our Missed Education book club is all about sifting through the fragments of history deemed worthy to be taught in required history classes & rediscovering a history that was missed (intentionally) & skewed, but was always there, the history of the systemically marginalized.
We read one book each month and meet monthly at Palabras to discuss it.
We're mixing it up this time with some Historical Fiction:
Peach Blossom Spring, A debut novel by Melissa Fu
"A "beautifully rendered" novel about war, migration, and the power of telling our stories, Peach Blossom Spring follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home" (Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author).
"Within every misfortune there is a blessing and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune, and so it goes, until the end of time."
It is 1938 in China and, as a young wife, Meilin’s future is bright. But with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her four year old son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on little but their wits and a beautifully illustrated hand scroll, filled with ancient fables that offer solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge.
Years later, Renshu has settled in America as Henry Dao. Though his daughter is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood. How can he keep his family safe in this new land when the weight of his history threatens to drag them down? Yet how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her family’s story?
Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?
To sign up for the book club, email firstname.lastname@example.org