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  • Published: 3 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141047089
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99

Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots

The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter




The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

The story of an unwanted daughter growing up during the Chinese Communist Revolution, blamed for her mother's death, ignored by her millionaire father and unwanted by her Eurasian step mother. A story of greed, hatred and jealousy; a domestic drama is played against the extraordinary political events in China and Hong Kong.

Written with the emotional force of a novel but with a vividness drawn from a personal and political background, Falling Leaves has been an enduring bestseller all over the world.

  • Published: 3 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141047089
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Adeline Yen Mah

Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, China but subsequently lived in both Shanghai and Hong Kong before leaving - at age fourteen - to study in England. She attended London Hospital Medical School and graduated as a physician, before moving to California where she first established a thriving medical practice before eventually becoming chief of anesthesia at West Anaheim Community Hospital. Adeline has written several other books, some of them specifically for children. She is the founder and president of the Falling Leaves Foundation which aims to promote understanding between East and West. She and her family currently divide their time between California and London.

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Praise for Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots

Charged with emotion . . . a vivid portrait of the human capacity for meanness, malice - and love'

Jung Chang

Falling Leaves is a terrible and riveting family history . . . It is also a story about endurance and the cost it can exact . . . gripping'

Caroline Moorehead, Daily Telegraph

An illuminating account of the destructive nature of family relationships set against a backdrop of China in change

Phillip Knightley, Mail on Sunday

A light burns in the book that is never extinguished . . . [it is] an act, not of vengeance or bitterness, but of catharsis

Trevor Fishlock, Sunday Telegraph

The pain of so much emotional abuse leaps from every page . . . the most amazing aspect of this story is that Adeline managed to survive . . . and emerge triumphant . . . compelling'

Daily Mail, Val Hennessy

I am still haunted by Mah's memoir . . . Riveting. A marvel of memory. Poignant proof of the human will to endure

Amy Tan

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