Thursday, November 5, 2015
The Palest Ink by Kay Bratt...Review & Giveaway!
A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family—but Benfu’s best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed…until they’re faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history.
At the announcement of China’s Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history.
The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu’s coming-of-age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.
My Thoughts: Kay Bratt is a new author to me. I had not read any of the series this book is a prequel to. However, now that I have read The Palest Ink, I can't wait to start in on the Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series....Bratt has a new fan in me.
I am a big fan of historical fiction so this book immediately appealed to me. At the center of this tale is China's Cultural Revolution. For those of you unfamiliar with the author, you should know that she spent time living in China and is an advocate for the children there. She has a true understanding of the people and the culture of the country and it shines through in her work.
The characters of Benfu and Pony boy are richly crafted and are products and victims of their social situations. It is fascinating to watch them evolve as the turmoil of the times unfolds around them. Bratt manages to convey the unrest the country was going through and it made for some exciting and emotional reading. As I mentioned, the story is about a time in China's history but it is also about friendship, family, loyalty and how life circumstances force us into the adults we will become. I enjoyed ever bit of this book and I can't wait to read more of Kay Bratt's work. You can pick up a copy of The Palest Ink on Amazon...
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