From the acclaimed author of Peach Blossom Pavilion
comes a lush and lyrical novel of East and West—and of one young woman’s search for her heart’s true calling…
When twenty-year-old Meng Ning declares that she wants to be a Buddhist nun, her mother is aghast. In her eyes, a nun’s life means only deprivation—“no freedom, no love, no meat.” But to Meng Ning, it means the chance to control her own destiny, and to live in an oasis of music, art, and poetry far from her parents’ unhappy union.
With an enigmatic nun known as Yi Kong, “Depending on Emptiness,” as her mentor, Meng Ning spends the next ten years studying abroad, disdaining men, and preparing to enter the nunnery. Then, a fire breaks out at her Buddhist retreat, and Meng Ning is carried to safety by Michael Fuller, a young American doctor. The unprecedented physical contact stirs her curiosity. And as their tentative friendship grows intimate, Meng Ning realizes she must choose between the sensual and the spiritual life.
From the austere beauty of China’s Buddhist temples to the whirlwind of Manhattan’s social elite, and the brilliant bustle of Paris and Hong Kong, here is a novel of joy and heartbreak—and of the surprising paths that lead us where we most need to be.
Praise for Peach Blossom Pavilion
“Lovely and poignant…a novel of heartache, but also one of hope as the strong heroine never gives in.” --Curled Up With A Good Book
“Beautiful and evocative, real and heart-wrenching…insightful and memorable.” --Romantic Times
“A rare peek into an exotic culture that is thrilling, captivating, and moving.” –Shobhan Bantwal
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A review from Coffee Time Romance
(Monday, February 1, 2010)
Petals from the Sky is about a woman who thought her path was straight forward and predestined until love disrupted it. Mingmei Yip uses a strong, powerful, emotional voice to tell the story. The vivid scenery, poignant upheavals, and life-voyages that this novel takes the reader on is painted with enough clarity that you can practically see it. I love how Meng Ning struggles to find herself, especially since she had thought she already knew exactly who she was. This book gives you a chance to glimpse a culture beyond what most have seen before and most will never see again.
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