Picture Bride by C Fong HsiungPicture Bride by C Fong Hsiung

Picture Bride

byC Fong Hsiung

Paperback | October 15, 2014

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Following the India-China war of 1962, the Chinese Indians (the Hakka), fearing suspicion and hostility, begin to emigrate. Twenty-year-old Jillian Wu leaves Calcutta to marry a man she has never met - Peter Chou, also a Hakka - with much anticipation, only to discover that he is gay. Forced by her husband to keep up the charade of a "normal" marriage, and pressured by her in-laws to have a child, she flees back to Calcutta, only to be disowned by her conservative family. A moving story with politcal overtones, set during a period of changing times and changing values.
The eldest of five children, C. Fong Hsiung was born to Hakka Chinese parents in Kolkata, India. At the age of eighteen she immigrated to Canada where she married and raised three sons. She wrote "Alfie," a short story published by Life Rattle Press for The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2012, which was also featured in Life Rattle R...
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Title:Picture BrideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.5 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1927494397

ISBN - 13:9781927494394

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opening read about historical Chinese culture Learning a bit about the history and social pressure of the Chinese culture was fascinating. It brought me a new understanding about what it must be like even today for young women immigrating in to Canada from a desire for a better life. The author writes with an endearing tone that I enjoyed. It contrasted the weight of her story. I was sad to see the it end and wanted to read more about her.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Financial Advisor The book was well thought out and well researched. Very interesting story line. Arranged marriages were common in the mid 1900s and although not as prevalent today they still exist. Prior to the war women didn't work and were more dependant on their husbands so that it was hard for them to break free of a bad marriage. The bare foot, pregnant and in the kitchen syndrome. As women became less dependant on their husbands and more educated they had more options. In addition, government agencies and charitable organizations had more resources to help those feeling entrapped. Thanks for this wonderful book.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Changes Everything A beautifully well-written story. Read it while on vacation and couldn't put it down - I was hooked from the first chapter. The pages of this small novel are filled with intrigue, romance, suspense and never-ending surprises. It's a "must" read for all age groups.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of Suspense, Mystery, Love and Change A beautiful story that when you reach the end it makes you want more. It was a great read and I found that when I put the book down I had to immediately pick it back up. I kept wanting to see what would happen next. I found that reading about another's culture and the beliefs they have and live by was really interesting. Fong is someone I have known for many years and it was a joy for me to buy and read her novel. I look forward to her next book.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A strong accomplishment Picture Bride provides an insightful look at the Hakka community and its traditions in Kolkata, India. It is within these traditions that young Jillian Wu emigrates to Canada, engaged to a man whom she knows only through a photograph and a few letters. Fong Hsiung weaves a tight story with a host of characters that shine a light on a little-known community. Picture Bride is a strong accomplishment.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from emotional read I had the pleasure of reading Picture Bride recently. I prefer books that make me experience happiness and sadness and ones that make me want to slow down and absorb every printed work. This book paints an emotional picture of the life Jillian was dealt and how difficult it was to feel the need for obedience even though she knew she was sacrificing herself. The reference to the hanky she carried unraveling got me in the heart. This is a really good read.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book As I was reading this book, I felt as if I was with Jillian on her journey from Calcutta to Toronto. It made me appreciate the issues my parents generation had to navigate as they moved from India to Canada. A wonderful book!!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartfelt story of love and adventure. Picture Bride is a love story intertwined with cultural and strong family obligations and traditions. Although, a fictional novel it is based on true ideologies, beliefs and family honour which make this novel unique, believable and inspiring. I have not read fiction in a very long time and am grateful for being given the opportunity to read this one. Its fluidity, ease of read and remarkable story telling keeps you glued to the pages. A must read.....you will undoubtedly enjoy.
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story that will touch your soul Picture Bride is part mystery, part modern novel about family and one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story of Jillian leads us from one world to another, and deep within her complex family. Even after unbearable heartbreak, she navigates the twists and turns of her new life and the one she leaves behind with intelligence and honest emotion. This novel is a realistic and tender depiction of a family that will touch your soul. Through natural dialogue and a fine descriptive style, the author creates beautifully and carefully drawn characters who stay with you long after you have finished the book. Through the eyes of Jillian we uncover the mysteries in the story together which makes it very difficult to put this book down. Picture Bride is a poignant and compassionate novel that left me wanting to read more about Jillian. I am anxiously awaiting the next novel and a continuation of Jillian’s life and loves.
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Picture Bride A very interesting story about Chinese living in India. The story is so vivid, that I thought it is a true story. Really enjoy reading it. Fong is a very talented author. Looking forward to another book by Fong!
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daring to choose love The reader cannot put down this captivating book that is filled with tragedies and conflicting cultural practices and social norms. The humor and twists brings smiles and giggles; the happy ending felt poignant. Picture Bride highlights the paternal authority in a Chinese household in a Western world and in today’s society that is no longer left unchallenged by the children, especially the daughters. A daughter who is to start her family and be a provider and caregiver all of a sudden needs to have her voice and opinion counted. Read Picture Bride to see how a proud father struggles to come to term with his daughter who is divorced and remarried to a non-Chinese.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Taste of China and India in Canada Picture Bride is a colorfully descriptive and beautifully written novel that easily infuses old world customs of India and China into modern day Canada. A love story with more than one twist, Picture Bride helps us to better understand that deep-rooted traditions do not simply disappear when one moves away from home. Jie-Lin’s father dominated her life in India, and he expects her to continue to follow their Hakka traditions no matter where she lives. The reader is fortunate to be taken on her journey.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Taste of China and India in Canada Picture Bride is a colorfully descriptive and beautifully written novel that easily infuses old world customs of India and China into modern day Canada. A love story with more than one twist, Picture Bride helps us to better understand that deep-rooted traditions do not simply disappear when one moves away from home. Jie-Lin’s father dominated her life in India, and he expects her to continue to follow their Hakka traditions no matter where she lives. The reader is fortunate to be taken on her journey.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A taste of China and India in Canada Picture Bride is a colorfully descriptive and beautifully written novel that easily infuses old world customs of India and China into modern day Canada. A love story with more than one twist, Picture Bride helps us to better understand that deep-rooted traditions do not simply disappear when one moves away from home. Jie-Lin’s father dominated her life in India, and he expects her to continue to follow their Hakka traditions no matter where she lives. The reader is fortunate to be taken on her journey.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great history of Hakka Chinese The author cleverly and wittily molds the events, stories, and relationships into a colourful motif. This fiction reveals the insights of the unique Hakka culture in which family protocol is the anchor of life. The story is very captivating, and sustains interest with a non-traditional love affair. The book portrays a history of migration of a group of Hakka from China to India and finally to Toronto, Canada.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A touching tale of life, love and family. The heartwarming story of Jillian Wu, a determined and brave young woman who is a loyal daughter, sister, friend and lover, Picture Bride is part mystery, part modern novel about family and one of the best books I have read in a long time. Her story leads us from one world to another, and deep within her complex family. Even after unbearable heartbreak, Jillian navigates the twists and turns of her new life and the one she leaves behind with intelligence and honest emotion. It is a realistic and tender depiction of a family that will touch your soul. Through natural dialogue and a fine descriptive style, the author creates beautifully and carefully drawn characters who stay with you long after you have finished the book. Through the eyes of Jillian we uncover the mysteries in the story together which makes it very difficult to put this book down. Picture Bride is a poignant and compassionate novel that left me wanting to read more about Jillian. I am anxiously awaiting the next novel and a continuation of Jillian?s life and loves.
Date published: 2014-11-04