Spanning continents and generations, Melissa Fu’s Peach Blossom Spring: A Novel offers a bold look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. An American daughter wants to understand her heritage; her Chinese father refuses to talk about his childhood. But how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her family’s story? In Tsering Yangzom Lama’s We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies: A Novel – a story that spans 50 years and three generations – the plight of two Tibetan sisters unfolds: their life in exile, tales of survival, and desperate holding on to culture and family. In Shruti Swamy’s The Archer: A Novel, Vidya peeks into a classroom where girls are learning kathak, a centuries-old dance form that requires the utmost discipline and focus – and soon it becomes the organizing principle of her life. It’s a bold portrait of a woman striving toward life as an artist while navigating desire, duty, and the limits of the body.
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