Having survived torture and imprisonment during China’s Cultural Revolution, Benfu escaped to find love with his compassionate and beautiful Calla Lily. Together they build a fulfilling life around the most menial of jobs—Benfu’s work collecting trash. As he sorts through the discards of others, he regularly discovers abandoned children. With unwavering determination, he and Calli spend decades creating a family of hand-picked daughters that help heal the sorrow and brighten their modest home. But all is not perfect and when crisis threatens to separate their family, Benfu—or possibly his band of headstrong daughters—must find a way to overcome the biggest hardship yet.
Inspired by a true story, and set against the backdrop of a country in transition, The Scavenger’s Daughters is a sweeping present day saga of triumph in the face of hardship, and the unbreakable bonds of family against all odds.
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The Scavenger’s Daughters is the kind of novel I’d love to write, but never could. Simply told but beautifully rendered, the reader is swiftly transported into the hearts and lives of a Chinese family after the Cultural Revolution. Powerful and poignant, this story captures the heart of humanity. This is the kind of book that will get shared by friends and chosen by book clubs. A phenomenal story of life and love. -Karen McQuestion, best-selling author of women’s fiction
From Amazon Vine Reviewer: This is a story full of morals and lessons, each one will touch a spot on your heart. It begins with a boy…imprisoned, beaten, harmed, all because of his family background. All it takes is one act of kindness to change this boy’s life and that of dozens of people. For when someone shows him this act of kindness, he vows he spend the rest of his life doing good for others. Very well done and thought evoking. I truly felt as though I stepped in another world. Chinese customs and stories and revelations about Mao’s reign and just how the Chinese live in general kept me absolutely entranced.
Just One More Paragraph: This is one book that should make it to everyone’s must read list! In a world where money and power is important, this story shines light on what is most important in life – love and compassion.
The Book Babe: Very well done and thought evoking. I truly felt as though I stepped in another world. Chinese customs and stories and revelations about Mao’s reign and just how the Chinese live in general kept me absolutely entranced.