The Palest Ink

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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.

When two lost souls find love, their devotion may be the ultimate sacrifice. During China's most chaotic period in history, a revolution creates thousands of innocent victims. Fearful citizens turn against one another and anyone accused of disloyalty to Chairman Mao is at risk of being sentenced to death. When best friends Pony Boy and Benfu get caught in the chaos, they must make heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, and courage

The Palest Ink depicts the trials of two young men--and the women they love--during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.



“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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