The middle heart
Alfred A. Knopf :
It is the summer of 1932, the year the Japanese conquered Manchuria, China's northeast region. Three children meet and become best friends for the summer, and blood brothers for a lifetime. They are: Steel Hope, the second son of the House of Li, a once-great clan which survives now on handouts from his grandfather, a merchant who trafficks whith the Japanese; Steel Hope's bookmate, Mountain Pine, Steel Hope's servant and conscience; and the irrepressible Firecrackers, daughter of the Li's gravekeeper, who masquerades as a boy to take the place of a brother killed years earlier by the Japanese. At the end of the summer a tragic event -- a good deed gone awry -- splits them apart until they are grown. During the subsequent years of war and cultural upheaval, the destinies of the three friends are realized -- their loyalty to each other tested by the demands of politics and patriotism, and by the question of where honor and obligation lie when confronted by love.
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|Last Grouping Update||2019-11-01 17:29:46PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-12-10 04:00:53AM|
|detailed_location_pitkin||Pitkin County Library|
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|subject_facet||China -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction|
Friendship -- China -- Fiction
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|title_full||The middle heart / Bette Bao Lord|
|title_short||The middle heart|