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A Stockbridge homecoming : the true story of a family's journey
Duffy, Penelope S. (Penelope Starratt), 1948-
Publication Information:
Albany, Tex. : Bright Sky Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
116 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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BV3427.D84 A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is a gripping narrative of separation, journey, and reunion, played out against the political and military upheaveal of the Communist Revolution and the quiet streets of New England.

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Booklist Review

Duffy recounts the true story of her family's rewarding yet harrowing experiences in post-World War II China. The author, daughter of an Anglican rector and missionary, was born in China while her father served as a member of the Anglican Mission in central China. Interweaving family accounts with excerpts from letters, she has faithfully reconstructed her mother's flight from Wuchang, necessitated by the imminent takeover by Communist forces, and her father's incredible 1,000-mile odyssey to reunite with his beloved wife and three daughters in Hong Kong. Returning to New England in December 1949, the Starratt family celebrated a Christmas to remember. This inspirational chronicle resonates with love, hope, and commitment. --Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Penelope S. Duffy's brief memoir A Stockbridge Homecoming: The True Story of a Family's Journey is fraught with suspense and infused with tenderness and hope. Her father, a missionary, takes his family to China in the mid-1940s, before Mao Zedong's victory seems likely. The political situation quickly becomes dangerous for Americans, husband is separated from wife and children, and the Communist revolution is in full force. Duffy, born in China, recounts the story she heard again and again growing up her father caught on the other side of enemy lines, the brave Chinese people who helped him, her sister's tuberculosis, her mother's stoicism. Returning to the U.S. and Duffy's father's new job in time for the holidays, the family finds a haven beyond their fondest hopes. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved