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Read online Women of the Silk.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Women of the Silk Sent by her family to work in a silk factory just prior to World War II young Pei grows to womanhood working fifteen hour days and sending her pay to the family who abandoned her .

In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk Leading the first strike the village has ever seen the young women use the strength of their ambition dreams and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own Tsukiyama s graceful prose weaves the details of the silk work and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength by Gail Tsukiyama

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Women of the Silk
Title:Women of the Silk
Format Type:eBook PDF / e-Pub
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ISBN:0312099436
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Number of Pages:278
Category:historical-fiction, fiction, china, asia, asian-literature, historical
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