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Paper Wife: A Novel (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Laila Ibrahim (Tekijä)

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From the bestselling author of Yellow Crocus comes a heart-wrenching story about finding strength in a new world. Southern China, 1923. Desperate to secure her future, Mei Ling's parents arrange a marriage to a widower in California. To enter the country, she must pretend to be her husband's first wife--a paper wife. On the perilous voyage, Mei Ling takes an orphan girl named Siew under her wing. Dreams of a better life in America give Mei Ling the strength to endure the treacherous journey and detainment on Angel Island. But when she finally reaches San Francisco, she's met with a surprise. Her husband, Chinn Kai Li, is a houseboy, not the successful merchant he led her to believe. Mei Ling is penniless, pregnant, and bound to a man she doesn't know. Her fragile marriage is tested further when she discovers that Siew will likely be forced into prostitution. Desperate to rescue Siew, she must convince her husband that an orphan's life is worth fighting for. Can Mei Ling find a way to make a real family--even if it's built on a paper foundation?… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Paper Wife: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Laila Ibrahim (Tekijä)
Info:Lake Union Publishing (2018), 297 pages
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I liked this book. It was an enjoyable read. The cultural events were fascinating. The writing was pretty good.

This is a short novel that tells the story of Mei Ling, an eighteen year old woman from Guangzhou China who becomes the paper wife of a Chinese merchant and moves to San Francisco during the early 1920s. A paper wife is someone who assumes the identity of another person, on paper.

Kai Li is a merchant. He was born in China but has become an American citizen. He has married a woman in China and has saved money to bring her to America. While he is working in America, his wife has a baby boy. Now he has a son he must bring over as well. When he returns to bring his wife and son to America, she dies before they can leave. So now he must arrange for another marriage with a suitable woman who can come back with him and be a mother to his young son. American authorities will not accept anyone other than his original wife and son. Now he must find a paper wife to impersonate the wife who has died. Per Chines custom, he invokes the aid of a matchmaker.

The matchmaker reaches out to Mei Ling's family. Her older sister is (mostly) a match and her parents pay the matchmaker. But before she can leave to meet her prospective new husband she becomes ill. So her parents and the matchmaker arrange for Mei Ling to take her place, even though Mei Ling's astrological sign is the Dragon, not the Rabbit. Kai Li has requested a woman born in the year of the Rabbit and wants her to be a Christian, like himself. Mei Ling does not meet either of these two requirements. So, in addition to having to be a paper wife for the American authorities who will inspect her credentials, she also has to lie to her new husband about her true identity.

The story has many wonderful cultural details. It describes the first time she encounters her husband-to-be, the civil ceremony and preparations for departure in Hong Kong, and the epic voyage by ship to San Francisco. During the trip, she has to memorize extensive details about Kai Li's former wife and the life they led in China, so she can pass the immigration interviews on Angel Island where Chinese and Asian immigrants are detained upon arrival. She makes friends with June, a Chinese-American woman who helps prepare her for the cultural experience of America. She also befriends a young orphan girl Siew who is travelling with her uncle to a new life in America.

She consummates her marriage with the husband she barely knows and becomes pregnant. She endures the pregnancy while on Angel Island. She also becomes an instant mother when she marries Kai Li, as she now has to assume this role for Kai Li's 2 year old son Bo.

Siew becomes very attached to Mei Ling and the young boy Bo. But they are separated once Mei Ling and Bo pass their immigration hearing and are permitted to join Kai Li in San Francisco.

The first twist in the story occurs when Mei Ling and Bo meet up with Kai Li and go to their new home in Chinatown. Mei Ling learns that Kai Li is not a merchant. He cannot read and he has job as a laborer. Their new home is a dingy one room unit on the fourth floor of a building. She doesn't know if she can trust the man that she has married. What else doesn't she know about him?

Mei Ling endures quite a lot of cultural shock as she learns to navigate Chinatown. She learns to stay away from other places where Chinese immigrants are not welcome. She doesn't understand English and finds it difficult to learn. She encounters Chines people from other clans who speak different languages and follow different customs. She gives birth without any real support. She worries her husband will not accept the child if it is a boy. But Kai Li loves his new daughter and some of the trust issues begin to dissipate. But she still harbors the secret of her own true identity, afraid to divulge the truth to her husband.

Then there is Siew. Her heart has been won over by this little girl during the month they spend together on the ship and the several months they are together on Angel Island. She worries that Siew is not being taken care of properly. Siew may be under the control of a man who has purchased her to make money. So she may be indentured to a wealthy white family, or she may be getting groomed to be an escort or prostitute. Mei Ling embarks on a journey to find Siew.

The story is touching. Everything works out well for her marriage, her new daughter Joy, and Siew. The story highlights the racism that existed in America at this time. There is a glossary that provides some brief information about the Chinese Exclusion Act that was based on racial hostility and anti-immigrant sentiment by many white American citizens and politicians. It prevented Chinese laborers who left the U.S. from returning and was only appeals in 1943. ( )
  CarolBurrows | Mar 26, 2021 |
Mei Ling cannot believe that today is the day that she is leaving to wed a man she has never met, and to sail to a new country. To the land of gold, California. She is sad, but this will be good for her family, this matchmaker is well known for what she does and she cannot let her family or sister down. She must be strong and do as asked, although fear is coursing through her.

In order to get into the country, she must pretend to be her husband's first wife - known as a paper wife. She must take on her identity and know all there is about her and her knew husband, Kai Li. She cannot believe what is happening, did her family know this is how it worked and what would happen? But she must honor her family and what they've done to give her this secure future. Plus, there is Kai's son Bo to now think about, now her son.

As they voyage over the ocean, Bo makes a friend with a girl Siew. Siew has seemed to be left on her own and soon attaches herself to them. The girl is very well behaved, helps with Bo and seems mature beyond her six years old. Once they get to the new land, she is put under strict questioning and fears she will be sent back to China.

Hearing her name called, and that she is going on the next ship to San Francisco gives way to relief. She has passed, as this other "wife", and soon she will be reunited with her husband to start her new life. Although her and Bo are sad and worried to leave Siew behind. But Mei Ling has a lot to figure out herself, and so she tries to put aside Siew in hopes that she has family here waiting for her.

As Mei Ling and Bo finally get reunited with Kai Li and they go "home", she realizes that things don't appear as what her and her family were told from the matchmaker. Her husband is not really this successful merchant as lead to believe, but just a houseboy himself. She cannot believe what is happening. So far everything has been a lie, even herself.

Mei Ling is determined to honor the vows she made, and her family and their beliefs and does what she can to honor her husband and be a good wife. Soon, they will have another person to look after as well. She is unsure about this, as Kai Li is not a very open person. It's like the two of them dance around life each day.

She realizes, she cannot get Siew out of her mind and needs to know the girl is safe. After talking with her husband, he agrees that he will put some feelers out and see what he can find out. As the two work together, truths and lies come to light about both of them but they both have agreed to make the best of things and to honor the other.

Will Mei Ling and Kai Li be able to make a life for themselves and be happy raising these children, or will they have to learn to just live with each other due to the arrangement that was made, and their heritage in honoring their family beliefs? Can love love come out of such an arrangement, and relationship started on a bed of lies?

Laila never disappoints in her novels! The storylines just flow and this opened up my eyes to "paper-people". I had no idea that this was such a thing and how some people migrated here during the 1920's. It was also to read about all of the different laws, treaties and Acts that were put in to place to try and stop this and slow the amount of people immigrating. ( )
  Chelz286 | Jun 22, 2020 |
This is the second book I have read by Ibrahim. Both books were excellent. I Knew of Ellis Island on the east coast, I did not know of Angel Island. This book emphasizes trust and love of family.

California 1923:Mei Ling comes to America through a matchmaker for an arranged marriage. Her husband, Kai Li is a merchant and a U.S. citizen needing a wife for his son. On board the ship to America Mei Ling meets a young orphan girl, who is coming to America with an “uncle”. Mei Ling comes to care about the girl. Mei Ling and Kai Li have both been untruthful with each other. Can their marriage survive and will they learn to love each other? ( )
  dara85 | Apr 15, 2020 |
This gentle novel throws light on an aspect of history that I knew nothing about. Set largely in San Francisco’s Chinatown, it focuses on the surreptitious custom of the ‘paper wife’, and on one particularly determined and compassionate woman. In March 1923, in a small village in China’s Guangdong Province, young Mei Ling is obliged to take her elder sister’s place in a matchmaking deal. New American immigration laws mean that Chinese workers in the USA can no longer move freely back and forth to their families in the motherland. A businessman from San Francisco has come home, hoping to take his wife and son back with him, only to find that his wife has recently died. Now he needs a replacement, and Mei Ling’s family are poor enough and desperate enough to send their daughter to the other side of the world, with a stranger, in the hope of securing a good life for her. The catch is that Mei Ling must pretend to be the dead wife of her new husband, in order to get through the examination given by US border officials. A tale of resilience, hope and well-meaning deceit, this book looks at the challenges of building a new life in the New World – and stepping into another woman’s shoes..

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2020/03/11/paper-wife-laila-ibrahim/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Mar 11, 2020 |
Good but a bit too easy ( )
  kakadoo202 | Feb 23, 2020 |
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From the bestselling author of Yellow Crocus comes a heart-wrenching story about finding strength in a new world. Southern China, 1923. Desperate to secure her future, Mei Ling's parents arrange a marriage to a widower in California. To enter the country, she must pretend to be her husband's first wife--a paper wife. On the perilous voyage, Mei Ling takes an orphan girl named Siew under her wing. Dreams of a better life in America give Mei Ling the strength to endure the treacherous journey and detainment on Angel Island. But when she finally reaches San Francisco, she's met with a surprise. Her husband, Chinn Kai Li, is a houseboy, not the successful merchant he led her to believe. Mei Ling is penniless, pregnant, and bound to a man she doesn't know. Her fragile marriage is tested further when she discovers that Siew will likely be forced into prostitution. Desperate to rescue Siew, she must convince her husband that an orphan's life is worth fighting for. Can Mei Ling find a way to make a real family--even if it's built on a paper foundation?

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