Southern China, Desperate To Secure Her Future, Mei Ling S Parents Arrange A Marriage To A Widower In California To Enter The Country, She Must Pretend To Be Her Husband S First Wife A Paper WifeOn The Perilous Voyage, Mei Ling Takes An Orphan Girl Named Siew Under Her Wing Dreams Of A Better Life In America Give Mei Ling The Strength To Endure The Treacherous Journey And Detainment On Angel Island But When She Finally Reaches San Francisco, She S Met With A Surprise Her Husband, Chinn Kai Li, Is A Houseboy, Not The Successful Merchant He Led Her To BelieveMei Ling Is Penniless, Pregnant, And Bound To A Man She Doesn T Know Her Fragile Marriage Is Tested Further When She Discovers That Siew Will Likely Be Forced Into Prostitution Desperate To Rescue Siew, She Must Convince Her Husband That An Orphan S Life Is Worth Fighting For Can Mei Ling Find A Way To Make A Real Family Even If It S Built On A Paper Foundation
My education and experience in multiracial, developmental psychology and attachment theory provide ample fodder for my novels My passion for early childhood education, child birth and religious education are reflected in my writing.I was the founder and director of Woolsey Children s School where I had first hand experience loving children that were not my own There are scenes in Yellow Crocus that were largely influenced interactions I had with children from Woolsey.As a birth doula I had the privilege of witnessing the intensity and joy of childbirth You can see that my birth experiences are reflected in my novels Spiritual themes that cross over multiple religious traditions come directly from working as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland I live in a small co housing community in Berkeley, California, with my wonderful wife, Rinda, our amazing children, Kalin and Maya, and our crazy dogs, Bella and Lucie I m very grateful to be a full time writer starting in 2015.I was surprised when the writing bug bit me The idea for the story came to me in 1998, I was with a group of people talking about Tiger Woods Someone mentioned that he identifies as much as an Asian person as an African American person I thought to myself, Of course he does, his mother is Asian You form your core identity in relationship to your primary caregivers It s a basic part of the attachment process Then the image of Lisbeth, a white baby, breastfeeding in the loving arms of Mattie, an enslaved wetnurse came to me in a flash I thought about what it would be like for Lisbeth to dearly love Mattie and then be taught by society that she wasn t a full person I wondered how it would feel for Mattie to be forced to abandon Samuel, her own child, in the slave Quarters Then I imagined what the experience would be like for Miss Anne, the birth mother, to have her own child twist away from her to get into Mattie s arms These characters started to haunt me Various scenes popped into my head Though I had never written anything, I was being called to tell this story For my fortieth birthday, I began the personal marathon of writing my first novel I hope you will come to love these characters as much as I have.At face value Living Right seems like a big leap from Yellow Crocus, but it deals with the same themes a caregiver loving across a huge societal barrier.I LOVED returning to Mattie, Lisbeth and Jordan for Mustard Seed The story of finding faith in hopeless times really resonates for me I plan to return to their families ongoing journey after I finish my current novel Paper Wife.Paper Wife focuses on Mei Ling, a young Chinese woman immigrating to San Francisco through Angel Island a in the early 1920 s Reactionary anti immigration laws in the United States and warfare in China caused people desperate for survival to be misleading about their identities so they could be united with family and have access to work Mei Ling yearns to have a life of integrity though it was built on a foundation of lies.Golden Poppies returns to the Freedman and Johnson families It was fascinating to bring them to California, to look at the suffrage movement, and to see how they could keep their connection strong in spite of the very different social worlds they occupied.
- 298 pages
- Paper Wife
- Laila Ibrahim
- 10 October 2017 Laila Ibrahim