The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Letto da: Emily Woo Zeller
Durata: 12 ore e 21 min
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Sintesi dell'editore

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.

©2015 Kelli Estes (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Claudine
  • 04/12/2015

Very intriguing

I enjoyed the mystery, the historical lessons and the tragic and healing aspects of this story. Although fiction, it was based on some historical events that took place in the United States. I thought the author did a great job weaving the past and present together in such an intriguing manner. It was definitely and enjoyable read/listen.

59 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Debbie
  • 11/12/2015

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 . . .

89 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Mimi
  • 15/04/2016

Not Completely Historic, more Romantic

Ms Estes has written a novel with the base of a really intersting historical story interwoven with current-day threads. I was distracted by the forays into romance, and noted several places where characters acted or felt in ways that didn't fit into the story or into fact.Since the overall rating for this book reflects excellent writing, I thought it necessary to report my summary: the story is interesting, the reading average and the writing of the book below par.

25 people found this helpful

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • AudioAddict
  • 23/05/2016

Beautiful fiction based on fact

STORY (historical fiction) - Loved this book! It has two timelines alternating back and forth. One is around 1885 and is set in the islands around Seattle, Washington. It is about Mei Lein (May Lynn) who is a Chinese immigrant. You will hear the story of her life, which mirrors the story of many Chinese immigrants to the U.S. in that time period. Wow, I had no idea this stuff happened! I also loved the bits of Chinese culture.

The second timeline is present day in and around the same area. The main character here is Inara Erickson, who finds an oriental embroidered sleeve buried under the staircase in her aunt's home after her aunt dies. The sleeve obviously portrays the details of someone's life, and Inara sets out to find who that person might be.

So, yeah, you guessed it. Mei Lein embroidered the sleeve that Inara finds. But I'm not giving much away by telling you that because you would figure that out on your own very early in the book. But what you won't get to experience (unless you listen to this book) is the wonderful way the story is revealed by the alternating timelines. It's just magical. (Reminds me of Kate Morton books if you're familiar with them). And there's a romance in each timeline so you get to enjoy two! The romances aren't the main thrust of either story, but they are still integral to the whole book. And the way the two timelines reveal the truth is fascinating. The 1885 timeline is revealed moving progressively forward to the present, and in the present-day timeline Inara investigates the mystery of the sleeve from bits of history she finds of its past. Occasionally things happen a little too "perfectly" and I would think "Oh, yeah, what are the chances of that really happening that way," but this is fiction, and it makes for a great story.

And finally, you will love the characters. My favorite is Joseph, Mei Lein's husband. He is so wonderful and devoted to her, despite all the challenges he had with her being a Chinese immigrant. And then to top everything off, the author's note at the end of the book explains her inspiration for writing this book.

PERFORMANCE - Great job. She does male and female voices equally well, which is a challenge for a female narrator.

OVERALL - Highly recommend, mostly for women because the main characters are female and because of the romances. There is no sex (the romances are very tasteful and vague). There is also no cursing or violence.

28 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 14/06/2016

Is it me?

Granted, I am only about halfway through this book but I believe I am going to abandon. I was hoping for some interesting history about the Chinese in the U.S. in the 1800's and perhaps some intrigue but am instead reading a romance novel. This 'couldn't deny the electric jolt when touching' stuff just isn't for me. Not crazy about the narrator either. Every sentence can't be THAT dramatic. That's my take.

58 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kay
  • 02/04/2016

Melodramatic & too many coincidences

I wanted to like this book as the plot was very appealing. I enjoy stories that go back and forth between a historical time period and current day. It is interesting how the past affects the present. This book started off okay but went downhill fast. It was over-melodramatic and the coincidences towards the end were just too much (unbelievable). I finished it but spent most of the time rolling my eyes as I listened.

17 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Howard
  • 24/08/2016

Historical(ish) fiction. Learned and Enjoyed

Before listening to 'The Girl Who Wrote in Silk' I was unaware of the expulsion of Chinese immigrants from the United States. This book also includes a couple of accidental romance stories, examples of just how small the world can be and the importance of holding unto our family and cultural heritages. This is a book with plenty to enjoy!

4 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • G.Gorge
  • 13/05/2016

a bit much

Would you try another book from Kelli Estes and/or Emily Woo Zeller?

The story was interesting, but was had a number unbelievable/unrealistic events, large and small. The author had an excellent premise for this book and it made me consider a part of history of which I knew little. I want to know more about this time. Her use of physical description to convey emotion was overbearing. There were at least 2 dozen episodes "lumps", or "bile" that "rose in her throat", and just as many instances where "her breath was sucked out of her lungs". I listened to a large part of this book on a long car ride with my mother and we eventually started laughing at these frequent bodily references.

What three words best describe Emily Woo Zeller’s performance?

Her inflection to convey every emotion was exaggerated. It became overbearing and distracting, and I actually looked forward to the end of the book for this reason. The narrator had an excellent range of voices for each character.

8 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • Anne
  • 06/05/2016

Count the Coincidences

The premise of this novel had a lot of promise but it was ruined by two things:

1. The narrator is pretty awful. She is "gushy", which I find very annoying. She has pretty much one male voice and maybe two female voices and they all gush and as she begins to gush, her voice moves up into her nose and becomes, well, nasally. I was also distracted by some odd pronunciations such as "dint" (didn't) and woodunt (wouldn't). I suppose those may be regional quirks, but they caught my attention.

2. I counted 10 individual and highly questionable coincidences that the author used to advance the plot. I won't list them because they'd provide spoilers and I'd be curious to see if other readers found more or less, but I reached eye-rolling stage at about coincidence #3.

I also felt that the story was bogged down in more than a few places by massive amounts of detail and overblown internal dialogue. The main character also distracted me with some extremely questionable motivation for emotional decisions.

I finished it but it wasn't worth it. Don't recommend.

7 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mollie
  • 11/12/2015

Mixed emotions

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the narration, but there were parts of the story that were problematic. The novel works between two time periods: 1886-1895 and present day. The historical portion of the book is really good, but the present day is where a few problems arise. The character readers are supposed to hate from the historical period was despicable, but I ended up hating the main character's father much more!

If you’ve listened to books by Kelli Estes before, how does this one compare?

No

What about Emily Woo Zeller’s performance did you like?

Her pacing was good. She had excellent energy. Her different character voices were not overly done.

Did The Girl Who Wrote in Silk inspire you to do anything?

Learn more about the Chinese culture in Seattle

Any additional comments?

I wanted to find out more about what Kenneth's life was like. That's really overlooked.

26 people found this helpful