The Three Daughters of Madame Liang

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Mass Paperback, 295 pages
Magnum Books, 1978
First Methuen Paperbacks Edition

The Three Daughters of Madame Liang by Pearl S. Buck tells the story of Madame Liang, a Chinese businesswoman who adopts three orphaned girls and raises them as her own daughters. Set against the backdrop of mid-20th century China, the novel explores themes of family, tradition, and modernity as Madame Liang navigates the complexities of motherhood and her relationships with each daughter. Through the experiences of the three daughters—Grace, Mercy, and Joy—the novel delves into the changing social and cultural landscape of China, shedding light on the tensions between tradition and progress. Madame Liang's unwavering love and determination to provide for her daughters serve as a poignant reflection of maternal sacrifice and resilience in the face of adversity.

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"Undeniably skillful." —The Sunday Times

About the Author

Pearl S. Buck was an American author renowned for her literary works focusing on China and its people. She often explored themes of culture clash, tradition versus modernity, and the human condition in her novels. Buck's most famous work is The Good Earth, which follows the struggles of a Chinese farmer named Wang Lung and his family amidst social and political changes in early 20th century China. This novel earned her the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1932 and solidified her reputation as a master storyteller with a deep understanding of Chinese society. Throughout her career, Buck's writing captivated readers with its rich portrayal of Chinese culture and timeless themes of love, resilience, and the pursuit of happiness.