Monday, May 11, 2009

Exploring her roots...

Throwaway Daughter
Ting Xing Ye


Condition: Pre-loved - almost new condition

Buyer backed out
I give up waiting
So I'm releasing it for sale again

My thoughts
A girl's journey of discovery. It took me one sitting to finish the book. I was just curled up in my favourite reading comfy chair - reading from cover to cover, until I was all done.
Throwaway Daughter tells the dramatic and moving story of Grace Dong-mei Parker, a typical Canadian teenager until the day she witnesses the Tiananmen massacre on television. Horrified, she sets out to explore her Chinese ancestry, only to discover that she was one of the thousands of infant girls abandoned in China since the introduction of the one-child policy, strictly enforced by the Communist government. But Grace was one of the lucky ones, adopted as a baby by a loving Canadian couple.

With the encouragement of her adoptive parents, she studies Chinese and travels back to China in search of her birth mother. She manages to locate the village where she was born, but at first no one is willing to help her. However, Grace never gives up and, finally, she is reunited with her birth mother, discovering through this emotional bond the truth of what happened to her almost twenty years before.