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A Single Swallow

A Single Swallow

The eagerly awaited English translation of award-winning author Zhang Ling’s epic and intimate novel about the devastation of war, forgiveness, redemption, and the enduring power of love.

On the day of the historic 1945 Jewel Voice Broadcast—in which Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender to the Allied forces, bringing an end to World War II—three men, flush with jubilation, made a pact. After their deaths, each year on the anniversary of the broadcast, their souls would return to the Chinese village of their younger days. It’s where they had fought—and survived—a war that shook the world and changed their own lives in unimaginable ways. Now, seventy years later, the pledge is being fulfilled by American missionary Pastor Billy, brash gunner’s mate Ian Ferguson, and local soldier Liu Zhaohu.

All that’s missing is Ah Yan—also known as Swallow—the girl each man loved, each in his own profound way.

As they unravel their personal stories of the war, and of the woman who touched them so deeply during that unforgiving time, the story of Ah Yan’s life begins to take shape, woven into view by their memories. A woman who had suffered unspeakable atrocities, and yet found the grace and dignity to survive, she’d been the one to bring them together. And it is her spark of humanity, still burning brightly, that gives these ghosts of the past the courage to look back on everything they endured and remember the woman they lost.

Titulo:A Single Swallow
Idioma de edición:English
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  • Thomas

    4 stars for a literary fiction book that is a story of how WWII affected 4 people in a small village in China. This book was written in Chinese and translated into English. The translation is excellen...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    This story has an interesting premise and chooses a particular narrative device to tell the life story of a Chinese woman during World War II and beyond.In 1945, on the day that Japan surrendered to t...

  • Carolyn

    This novel translated from Chinese, tells of the life of a young woman variously known as Yao Ah Yan ('swallow'), Wende and Stella during the Japanese occupation of China during WW2 and during the ear...

  • Bkwmlee

    I’m not much of a “themed” reader (not deliberately anyway), so I consider it pure coincidence that I happened to pick up this book to read the day before Halloween. To clarify, this book is not...

  • Deb?

    This was a very delicately translated beautiful, but also brutal and explicit story of three men during and at the end of WWII. They all meet up as souls after their deaths to fulfill a pact they made...

  • Dawn Michelle

    ***I have a friend who has this book, so the review is hidden until she reads it so she will not be influenced by what I have written!***I need to start this off by saying reading translated books are...

  • Smitha Murthy

    This was a fantastically detailed look at wartime China under Japanese occupation during the Second World War. Ling Zhang writes with such evocative detail that I read this slower than normal. In many...

  • Zainub Reads

    A captivating story of a Chinese woman told through the eyes of three men who enter her life at different times and leave their imprint on her life through their own mistakes, shortcomings and weaknes...

  • Swati

    “When I was small, my mother told me that every star in the sky was once a person on the ground.”“A Single Swallow” by Ling Zhang is a sprawling, lyrical novel replete with such shimmering lin...

  • eyes.2c

    Much as I wanted to identify with this story of magic realism set in a Chinese village after 1945. Othe day World War II, three man make a pact to return to this place after their deaths, on the anniv...

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