The Silk Merchant's Daughter
literary fiction, historical fiction
July 14, 2016
NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds... 1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core... Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem? The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam.
A poignant story about Vietnam in the aftermath of WW2 and as the Vietminh start their war of attrition on the French.
I very much liked the style of writing and the information about the Vietnamese wars was very interesting – especially as I had not realised that the silk worm was actually eaten after the cocoon was boiled and thus provided nutrition for the workers. The sulk cycle makes more sense now.
But I was somehow disappointed at the end. I felt that some emption was missing and that more could have been made about the situation. Thus I am giving this a 4 rather than 5 stars – which I felt it should have been.