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Discussion of Peony by Pearl S. Buck

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  • The Nobel Prize–winning author’s perceptive fable of cross-cultural passions in nineteenth-century China
    In 1850s China, a young girl, Peony, is sold to work as a bondmaid for a rich Jewish family in Kaifeng. Jews have lived for centuries in this region of the country, but by the mid-nineteenth century, assimilation has begun taking its toll on their small enclave. When Peony and the family’s son, David, grow up and fall in love with one another, they face strong opposition from every side. Tradition forbids the marriage, and the family already has a rabbi’s daughter in mind for David. Long celebrated for its subtle and even-handed treatment of colliding traditions, Peony is an engaging coming-of-age story about love, identity, and the tragedy and beauty found at the intersection of two disparate cultures. The novel is based on historical facts of the ancient Jewish community in China.

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  • Harriet M.

    I visited her home/museum near Philadelphia last year. Maybe some of us would like to do a day-trip.

    1 · August 4

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      A former member

      Me, too....would love to go

      1 · August 13

    • Sharon L.

      I'd like to go too

      August 22

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    Working mom, love Jewish literature, kibbitzing, fressing.

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