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Paper wife / Laila Ibrahim.

Ibrahim, Laila, (author.).


From the bestselling author of Yellow Crocus comes a heart-wrenching story about finding strength in a new world. Southern China, 1923. Desperate to secure her future, Mei Lings parents arrange a marriage to a widower in California. To enter the country, she must pretend to be her husbands first wifea paper wife. On the perilous voyage, Mei Ling takes an orphan girl named Siew under her wing. Dreams of a better life in America give Mei Ling the strength to endure the treacherous journey and detainment on Angel Island. But when she finally reaches San Francisco, shes met with a surprise. Her husband, Chinn Kai Li, is a houseboy, not the successful merchant he led her to believe. Mei Ling is penniless, pregnant, and bound to a man she doesnt know. Her fragile marriage is tested further when she discovers that Siew will likely be forced into prostitution. Desperate to rescue Siew, she must convince her husband that an orphans life is worth fighting for. Can Mei Ling find a way to make a real familyeven if its built on a paper foundation?

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781503904576
  • ISBN: 1503904571
  • Physical Description: 273 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A novel"--Cover.
Includes book discussion questions.
Subject: Families > China > Fiction.
Marriage > Fiction.
Women immigrants > Fiction.
Orphans > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) > Fiction.
Angel Island (Calif.) > Fiction.
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) > Fiction.
California > Fiction.
China > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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