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Set against the vibrant and intrigue-laden backdrop of 1930s China, Mingmei Yip's enthralling novel explores one woman's defiant pursuit of independence.nnSpring Swallow was promised in marriage while still in her mother's belly.
When the groom dies before a wedding can take place, seventeen-year-old Spring Swallow is ordered to become a ghost bride to appease his spirit.
Under her in-laws' protection, she will be little more than a servant, unable to know real love or bear children.
Refusing to accept her fate as a "bad-luck woman," Spring Swallow flees on her wedding day.
nnnIn the city of Soochow, Spring Swallow joins a community of renowned embroiderers.
The women work for Aunty Peony, whose exquisite stitching once earned her the Emperor's love.
But when Aunty Peony agrees to replicate a famous painting--a lucrative assignment that will take a year to complete--betrayal and jealousy emerges within the group.
Spring Swallow becomes entangled in each woman's story of heart