Title: In a Land of Paper Gods
Authors: MacKenzie, Rebecca
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 339
Year: 2016
Publisher: Headline Publishing Company
Language: English
Description: Distinguished from her classmates by her spirited imagination, Henrietta S. Robertson must tolerate as best she can, life in a boarding school for the children of missionaries on Lushan mountain, Jiangxi Province. Allowing the parents to pursue their call to bring the Gospel to China, Etta and her classmates live a constrained life, isolated from their parents and caught between religions and cultures. It is 1941 and with the invasion of the Japanese they must now face life in an internment camp.

Hauntingly written, this is a poignant coming-of-age story told from the unique perspective of its captivating young narrator.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A very readable book and once started, almost impossible to put down."

"Hauntingly beautiful writing makes this a book to linger in the mind. A great read."

"The story is told with poignancy and honesty from the perspective of a pre-teen, misguided and struggling with acceptance."

"This book depicts the imaginary world created by a 10 year old which changes to a harsh reality as she grows older."

"The beauty of the country and the depiction of the times is very well written."

"The hopelessness of the children made for sad reading but it was an insight into the obsessiveness of the missionaries of the time."
Categories: Fiction, War theme, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Historical, Political, Relationships, Religion, Tragedy/disaster, Young narrator, China, 2019 Titles


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