A Call to China
The heart of the story is the coming of age of the two daughters, one without family in rural China, the other with her mother in urban America. What begins as Olivia’s adolescent fantasy to find her sister becomes a death-bed promise to her mother.
"An engrossing fictional exploration of family, culture, and what it means to belong in both China and America." -Kirkus Reviews
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About the Book
Victoria doesn’t know she’s lost....
A child of American missionaries disappears at a Beijing festival in 1940 and is never seen again. Although devastated, the parents continue their dedicated missionary work in China. After the birth of a second child, Japanese occupiers force the family into a detention camp.
Olivia embarks on a quest to find her sister . . .
Years later, the story continues as two sisters, raised in two different cultures, begin a search for identity and family. Set against the background of revolutionary change in 20th century China and America, China-born and American-raised Olivia hears her “call to China” and embarks on her own mission through the exotic country to find the sister she never knew.
About the Author
Jeffrey Meyer has always felt a connection to China. He felt his “call to China” as a young boy, after reading Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth and Lin Yutang’s The Importance of Living. He would go on to devote his life and career to learning the Chinese culture.
A professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for thirty-five years, Jeffrey taught Asian religions in the Religious Studies department, with a focus on Buddhism and Daoism. He is married with three grown children, currently living in Davidson, North Carolina. A Call to China is his first novel.
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