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The girl who wrote in silk
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A USA TodayBestseller!

"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful story that brought me to tears more than once, and was a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. A powerful debut that proves the threads that interweave our lives can withstand time and any tide, and bind our hearts forever."-Susanna Kearsley,New York Timesbestselling author

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric novel serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.

The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets...

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core -- and force her to make an impossible choice.

"A touching and tender story about discovering the past to bring peace to the present."-- Duncan Jepson, author of All the Flowers in Shanghai

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Estes' first novel tells the mesmerizing story of generations and cultures coming together. Inara Erickson has inherited her beloved aunt's Orcas Island estate and decides to turn the estate into a boutique hotel. Then Inara discovers an intricately embroidered sleeve hidden under a loose stair tread and, working with Daniel Chin, a local professor of Asian studies, Inara learns the story of the sleeve's creator, Mei Lin, a survivor of a purge in the late 1800s to rid Seattle of its Chinese community. As Inara's research takes her deeper into the story, she discovers the truth behind Mei Lin's miraculous survival and how a faded sleeve, buried for decades, will have the power to unite or divide a family. Inspired by true events, Estes' novel looks deep into the heart of one family. Carefully crafted and perfectly paced, the novel takes readers on a deeply satisfying, memorable journey. Part mystery and part romance, the novel is also a fascinating look at an often forgotten period of Pacific Northwest history and a moving reminder of the stories we all share.--Gladstein, Carol Copyright 2015 Booklist
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