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 precise calling. . .
When twenty-year-old Meng Ning announces that she desires to be a Buddhist nun, her mom is aghast. In her eyes, a nun's lifestyles capability in basic terms deprivation--"no freedom, no love, no meat." yet to Meng Ning, it ability the opportunity to manage her personal future, and to stay in an oasis of tune, artwork, 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 a foreign country, disdaining males, and getting ready to go into the nunnery. Then, a hearth breaks out at her Buddhist retreat, and Meng Ning is carried to protection by means of Michael Fuller, a tender American health care provider. The extraordinary actual touch stirs her interest. And as their tentative friendship grows intimate, Meng Ning realizes she needs to choose from the sensual and the non secular life.
From the austere great thing about China's Buddhist temples to the whirlwind of Manhattan's social elite, and the intense bustle of Paris and Hong Kong, here's a novel of pleasure and heartbreak--and of the mind-blowing paths that lead us the place we such a lot have to be.
Praise for Peach Blossom Pavilion
"Lovely and poignant. . .a novel of heartache, but additionally considered one of wish because the powerful heroine by no means supplies in." --Curled Up With a great Book
"Beautiful and evocative, genuine and heart-wrenching. . .insightful and memorable." --Romantic Times
"A infrequent peek into an unique tradition that's exciting, fascinating, and moving." –Shobhan Bantwal