blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
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.
My Review. Kay Bratt specializes in novels of China, this gives me a small insight on a country I would love to visit but so far haven´t got around to it. This is an emotional book, with nothing going on really, but at the same time there is loads and loads going on, the detail in the writing are superb, you can feel what is going on around you, you can smell it also, (and some of the smells aren´t so nice). The characters are just lovable and their background are revealed bit by bit, just enough to keep you wanting to read more. There is a main focus on the Benfu and Calla who are the Grandma and Grandpa of all the children.
There are plenty of morals here and you will probably learn a little about yourself and your own morals as you read on.
There is an author´s note at the end and it is inspired on a true story. A fast read, part of a trilogy.