Deanna Fei, author of A Thread of Sky, on tour April 2011

Posted By on January 14, 2011

About A Thread of Sky

• Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: The Penguin Press (April 1, 2010)

Looking to reconnect with their ancestral home and with one another, three generations of women tour mainland China on a journey that will change their family forever.

A stunning debut, A Thread of Sky is the story of a family of women and the powerful thread that binds their lives. In following the paths chosen by six fiercely independent women, A Thread of Sky explores the terrain we must travel to recognize the strength and vulnerability of those closest to us.

When her husband of thirty years is killed in a devastating accident, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. Nora, the eldest, retreats into her high-powered New York job and a troubled relationship. Kay, the headstrong middle child, escapes to China to learn the language and heritage of her parents. Sophie, the sensitive and artistic youngest, is trapped at home until college, increasingly estranged from her family-and herself. Terrified of being left alone with her grief, Irene plans a tour of mainland China’s must sees, reuniting three generations of women-her three daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year-old mother-in a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family.

If only it was so easy. Each woman arrives bearing secrets big and small, and as they travel-visiting untouched sections of the Great Wall and the seedy bars of Shanghai, the beautiful ancient temples and cold, modern shopping emporiums-they begin to wonder if they will ever find the China they seek, the one their family fled long ago.

Over days and miles they slowly find their way toward a new understanding of themselves, of one another, and of the vast complexity of their homeland, only to have their new bonds tested as never before when the darkest, most carefully guarded secret of all tumbles to the surface and threatens to tear their family apart forever. A Thread of Sky is a beautifully written and deeply haunting story about love and sacrifice, history and memory, sisterhood and motherhood, and the connections that endure.

About Deanna Fei

Deanna Fei is the author of the novel A Thread of Sky (Penguin Press, 2010), a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an Indie Next Notable Book. She was born in Flushing, New York, and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai, China. A graduate of Amherst College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received a Fulbright Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and a Chinese Cultural Scholarship. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches in public schools and is at work on a new novel.

Connect with Deanna:

Deanna’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 29th: Amy’s Creative Side

Wednesday, March 30th: Write Meg

Thursday, March 31st: Chick With Books

Monday, April 4th: Rundpinne

Tuesday, April 5th: Chocolate & Croissants

Wednesday, April 6th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Thursday, April 7th: English Major’s Junk Food

Monday, April 11th: Hospitable Pursuits

Tuesday, April 12th: BookNAround

Wednesday, April 13th: Reading on a Rainy Day

Thursday, April 14th: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, April 20th: Boarding in My Forties

Friday, April 22nd: Amused By Books

Tuesday, April 26th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Wednesday, April 27th: Book Club Classics!

Thursday, April 28th: Books in the City

Friday, April 29th: Reading Through Life

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