• Peach Blossom Spring

  • A Novel
  • By: Melissa Fu
  • Narrated by: Eugenia Low
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A "beautifully rendered" novel about war, migration, and the power of telling our stories, Peach Blossom Spring follows three generations of a Chinese family on their search for a place to call home (Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones).

"Within every misfortune there is a blessing and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune, and so it goes, until the end of time."

It is 1938 in China and, as a young wife, Meilin’s future is bright. But with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her four year old son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on little but their wits and a beautifully illustrated hand scroll, filled with ancient fables that offer solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge.

Years later, Renshu has settled in America as Henry Dao. Though his daughter is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood. How can he keep his family safe in this new land when the weight of his history threatens to drag them down? Yet how can Lily learn who she is if she can never know her family’s story?

Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the haunting question: What would it mean to finally be home?

©2022 Melissa Fu (P)2022 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“Magical, and powerful, Peach Blossom Spring brings to life the costs of wars and conflicts while illuminating the spirit of human survival. Inspired by her father’s real-life experiences and her determination to comprehend her family’s past, Melissa Fu has gifted us with a timely, moving, and universal novel.” (Nguyen Phan Que Mai, author of The Mountains Sing)

"A beautifully rendered meditation on the trials and triumphs of a family torn apart by war, Peach Blossom Spring left me pondering how the stories we choose to pass down have the power not only to define us, but to buoy us - to help us persevere through the most challenging of times.” (Georgia Hunter, New York Times best-selling author of We Were the Lucky Ones)

Peach Blossom Spring is a sweeping epic that transports the reader from war-torn China, where a mother consoles her son with ancient fables, through to modern-day America, where a little girl searches for her identity and the secrets of her father’s history. Melissa Fu effortlessly conjures a world rich in texture, taste and detail in this gentle, heartfelt, and moving story. It’s glorious and tender, exquisitely written and beautifully nuanced. I finished it with tears in my eyes and will be recommending it to everyone I know.” (Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne)

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I Cried Every Listen

This is a beautiful, moving story. It has a simple prose, which I think enhances the listen. The story is complete, and nothing distracts from the purpose of the narrative. In many ways the narrative structure reflects the family scroll often featured inside.

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It good

it is a mostly calm and mellow story that is just a good read for anyone.

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I struggled with this book. I found it hard to follow.I did not like it.

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Pachinko Like

If you enjoyed Pachinko, I think you’ll enjoy this. Another generational novel rich in Asian history and culture. Well developed characters. I don’t think I have every gotten teary eyed with an audible book until now.

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Narrator grew on me

Almost stopped listening to this book because the narrator’s voice was grating on me. But the more I listened the more I felt that her voice was perfectly suited for this story. If you feel as I did, stick with it. You’ll be glad you did.

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wonderful

This is an incredible story. I enjoyed every word. It felt like historical fiction.

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Difficult listening

I really wanted to love this book. After living and working in Asia for 22 years I have a great appreciation for China’s history and heritage. But this book was just painful.
The story is read, not performed in any way, and is reminiscent of how I read to my classroom of children with a little excitement, and few gruff voices for male characters. Ms Low is what I think of as a “wet reader”, with excessive lip-smacking, swallowing, lip-moistening, and just a general annoying wetness. Too close to microphone? Dentures? I don’t know what it is, but it is exceedingly distracting to the listener. Further, the reader’s Singaporean/British accent seems inauthentic for a book on China history. And there wasn’t much “lyrical” about the writing, it was more a recitation of events and dialogue. I found myself hungry for better descriptions of the landscapes and emotions of the story.
In short, I slogged through this listen, hoping to appreciate what it had to offer, but I would instead recommend Wild Swans for a three-generational story line, or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for characters that come alive in their culture.

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Needs a better narrator

The story was okay but the narrator was British and mad no attempt at a Chinese accent when voicing the characters in the story. It seemed odd to have the characters speak in a British accent.

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Beautiful story

This is a story about a mother and her son going through the different wars and upheaval in China. It speaks of survival. loss and beauty of the love of a people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Poignant culturally history

Riveting story of three generations from China to Taiwan to the US. Fascinating depiction of three different individuals demonstrating the effect of history and culture in individual development.