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By Mingmei Yip

From the acclaimed writer of Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a lush and lyrical novel of East and West--and of 1 younger woman's look for her heart's actual calling. . .
When twenty-year-old Meng Ning broadcasts that she desires to be a Buddhist nun, her mom is aghast. In her eyes, a nun's lifestyles skill merely deprivation--"no freedom, no love, no meat." yet to Meng Ning, it potential the opportunity to regulate her personal future, and to stay in an oasis of song, paintings, and poetry faraway from her parents' unsatisfied union.

With an enigmatic nun referred to as Yi Kong, "Depending on Emptiness," as her mentor, Meng Ning spends the following ten years learning out of the country, disdaining males, and getting ready to go into the nunnery. Then, a hearth breaks out at her Buddhist retreat, and Meng Ning is carried to protection by means of Michael Fuller, a tender American health professional. The extraordinary actual touch stirs her interest. And as their tentative friendship grows intimate, Meng Ning realizes she needs to make a choice from the sensual and the non secular life.

From the austere fantastic thing about China's Buddhist temples to the whirlwind of Manhattan's social elite, and the bright bustle of Paris and Hong Kong, here's a novel of pleasure and heartbreak--and of the striking paths that lead us the place we such a lot have to be.

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"Lovely and poignant. . .a novel of heartache, but in addition one in every of wish because the powerful heroine by no means offers in." --Curled Up With a great Book

"Beautiful and evocative, actual and heart-wrenching. . .insightful and memorable." --Romantic Times

"A infrequent peek into an unique tradition that's exciting, desirable, and moving." –Shobhan Bantwal

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Michael brought me and informed Frank, the doorman, that i'd be staying for a number of weeks. should still i would like any support, his guidance will be liked. Frank nodded whereas he held open the elevator door and punched the button for the twenty-eighth ground. “Nice to fulfill you, pass over Du. take pleasure in your remain. ” I smiled again and observed Michael stick a twenty-dollar invoice into his hand. when we entered his residence, Michael set down my baggage, took my palms, and tilted again to check me. I felt his lips warming my brow and my brows. Moments had handed earlier than he published me to appear me within the eye. “Meng Ning, how come at any time when I see you you’re extra appealing than prior to? ” along with his arms, he slipped the band from my ponytail in order that my hair tumbled over my neck and shoulders. He smoothed it again and started to go looking my lips with sluggish, mild kisses. “I overlooked you,” he whispered, his breath gentle and ticklish in my ear. Feeling myself stir, I pulled him to me and ruffled his smooth hair. “I overlooked you, too, Michael. ” We collapsed within the chaise longue within the lobby. His caresses began to alleviate my body’s stiffness from the twenty-two-hour journey. whilst i used to be approximately to relaxation my head on his shoulder, i realized the door used to be nonetheless left part open. “Michael, the door…” yet he murmured, “Forget the door,” then kicked it close and pulled me towards him…. With my first look i'll see that Michael’s domestic used to be jam-packed with books, work, and artworks. The residue of incense permeated the air. I without notice remembered anything and broke clear of him. “Meng Ning, stick with me. I haven’t obvious you for weeks. ” I overlooked him, went to open my carryon, took out the Guan Yin portray, then again. “Michael”—I passed him the framed miniature painting—“I did this for you. ” Michael scrutinized the Goddess, his eyes like these of a kid who has simply found a treasure chest. Moments handed and his gaze used to be nonetheless glued to the white-robed photo using a lotus at the turquoise waves. ultimately I requested, “You love it, Michael? The Goddess will safeguard you—” “Like it? Oh, Meng Ning, it’s incredible. ” He became to examine me long and hard, as though this have been our first stumble upon. “How come you didn’t inform me that you’re additionally so gifted? ” I blushed. “And so seductive,” he stated, tilting up my chin in order that he may perhaps press his lips tough on mine. Ten mins later, Michael caught his head out of the kitchen and requested, “Is tea okay? ” his spiked hair sending a tinge of heat to my middle. “No,” I acknowledged. “I wish Coke. given that I’m now in the USA, i need whatever American. ” “Then Coke it really is. ” His voice sounded joyful and the sound of his power stuffed the kitchen. I walked round to understand the residence. Illumination from blue-and-white porcelain lamps warmed the comfortable front room. a number of items of old chinese language furnishings glowed within the tender mild. On a low desk stood a gently crafted and subtly glazed blanc de chine Buddha statue. Bookcases covered partitions; the others have been coated with chinese language work. a very easy brush portray stuck my eye: Han Shan and Shi De—the mythical lunatic-poet-monks of the Tang dynasty—swept the ground of the temple gate with straw brooms, and laughed as though every little thing during this 10000 Miles of pink dirt is yet a comic story.

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