The Palest Ink

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Series: Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters #5
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Pages: 388
ISBN13: 978-1503946163



In the prequel of the Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, the fates of three people who’ve never met converge in profound and unexpected ways.

Mari, the daughter of the town scavenger, grew up knowing hardship, but she never could have anticipated the struggles that now face her as an adult. Feeling alone and isolated, she dreams of a better life. On the other side of town, a frightened little girl named An Ni is forced to live on the streets, but she silently longs for the one thing she’s never known—a family. Max, a struggling American photojournalist, arrives in China with only one goal in mind: to face his demons and put an end to his own unbearable suffering.

From the bestselling author of A Thread Unbroken comes an emotional, hope-filled story that offers a fresh glimpse into the life of a remarkable family.


“Bratt brings to life the struggle of two individuals during China’s terrible time that all should know about with an honest, yet compassionate, style. She brings us as close as we ever want to be to an evil time, yet shows some found the courage to preserve their dignity. A must read.”
—Mingmei Yip, author of Skeleton Women and other China-inspired novels

“If you enjoy history, revolution, courage, romance, and family, then [The Palest Ink] will make a great work for your library. Kay Bratt has given us a work of intensity.”

“Bratt has done her research and presents the tale of those tumultuous years in a fascinating narrative.”

The Palest Ink is a beautiful, moving, gripping, mesmerising story of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. It is a story of bravery and honor, of love and compassion, as well as growing up and taking chances... The Palest Ink is certainly the best novel I have read about Maoist China; simply superb!”
—Fresh Fiction

“A deftly crafted and riveting read from beginning to end, The Palest Ink once again demonstrates author Kay Bratt's extraordinary storytelling talents as a first-class novelist. Very highly recommended.”
—Midwest Book Review

“[Recommended] to readers wanting to experience an infamous period of Chinese history, where a single wrong word or action could have disastrous consequences.”
—Historical Novel Society

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