Book Discussion Group Reads The Language Of Threads By Gail Tsukiyama

SPRINGFIELD–The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Language of Threads” by Gail Tsukiyama. A saga of a Chinese woman in the WWII era, “The Language of Threads” is the sequel to “Women of the Silk.”

“Women of the Silk” introduced readers to a young Chinese girl working in a silk factory. Now it is 1938. 27-year-old Pei barely escaped China after the Japanese invasion. She arrives in Hong Kong with a bag slung over her shoulder, a 14-year-old orphan named Ji Shen, and a list of names. Pei finds herself working as a domestic servant and caring for Ji Shen.


Though the novel spans 35 years, it is mostly given to covering the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and its aftermath through 1952. Readers follow Pei and Ji Shen’s struggle to survive fear and hardship. Women provide for each other in myriad ways, and the relationships forged between them are at the heart of Tsukiyama’s story.

Discussions take place at 7 p.m. in the Palmer Museum. Refreshments are served. New members are welcome. To reserve your copy of the book call 1-973-376-4930 x229 or send an e-mail: The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield.

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