By Mingmei Yip
From the acclaimed writer of Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a lush and lyrical novel of East and West--and of 1 younger woman's look for her heart's actual calling. . .
When twenty-year-old Meng Ning pronounces that she desires to be a Buddhist nun, her mom is aghast. In her eyes, a nun's lifestyles capability merely deprivation--"no freedom, no love, no meat." yet to Meng Ning, it ability the opportunity to regulate her personal future, and to dwell in an oasis of track, paintings, and poetry faraway from her parents' unsatisfied union.
With an enigmatic nun referred to as Yi Kong, "Depending on Emptiness," as her mentor, Meng Ning spends the subsequent ten years learning in another country, disdaining males, and getting ready to go into the nunnery. Then, a fireplace breaks out at her Buddhist retreat, and Meng Ning is carried to safeguard via Michael Fuller, a tender American health practitioner. The exceptional actual touch stirs her interest. And as their tentative friendship grows intimate, Meng Ning realizes she needs to make a choice from the sensual and the religious life.
From the austere great thing about China's Buddhist temples to the whirlwind of Manhattan's social elite, and the bright bustle of Paris and Hong Kong, here's a novel of pleasure and heartbreak--and of the outstanding paths that lead us the place we so much have to be.
Praise for Peach Blossom Pavilion
"Lovely and poignant. . .a novel of heartache, but in addition one in every of desire because the robust heroine by no means provides in." --Curled Up With an outstanding Book
"Beautiful and evocative, genuine and heart-wrenching. . .insightful and memorable." --Romantic Times
"A infrequent peek into an unique tradition that's exciting, attractive, and moving." –Shobhan Bantwal