1/05/2006

Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World

Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World
by Yang Erche Namu and Christine Mathieu

ISBN:
0316735493 (More details...)
Condition:
Standard
Available at:
Hawthorne

Synopses & Reviews
Publisher Comments:
This lyrical evocation of girlhood in a remote Himalayan village where women truly rule is now in paperback.

In the remote Himalayas, on the shores of Lake Lugu, there is a place the Chinese call "the Country of Daughters." This is the home of the Moso, a remarkable culture in which women govern all aspects of society. Daughters are prized above sons and both live their entire lives in the house where they were born. Leaving Mother Lake is the extraordinary story of Yang Erche Namu, where life among the Moso is revealed for the first time in fascinating, intimate detail.

From Namu we learn of a young girl's "skirt ceremony," of how courtship is conducted through dance and song, and of the private "flower chambers" where young women consort with their lovers. Despite the freedoms Namu enjoys, they aren't the freedoms she desires. Her impulsive, restless nature drives her to leave her mother's house, defying the tradition that holds Moso culture together. She learns she must venture out into the larger world to see better the one she leaves behind.

The world of the Moso and Namu's place in it makes for a story full of drama, strangeness, and beauty. Yet for all the exoticism, Leaving Mother Lake is a universal tale of mothers and daughters — the battles that drive them apart and the love that brings them back together.


Review:
"Yang and Mathieu have written a fascinating portrait of a young girl who grows up in a matrilineal society in a remote region of China and becomes a star. Leaving Mother Lake will take readers on an incredible journey to a part of the world most of us never knew existed." May-lee Chai, author of The Girl From Purple Mountain and My Lucky Face
Synopsis:
This remarkable memoir transports us to the remote reaches of the Himalayas, to a place the Chinese call "the country of daughters," to the home of the Moso, a society in which women rule men. According to local tradition, marriage is considered a foreign practice; property is passed from mother to daughter; a matriarch oversees each family's customs, rituals, and economies. In this culture a young girl enjoys extraordinary freedoms — but the impulsive, restless Namu is driven to leave her mother's house, to venture out into the larger world, defying the tradition that holds Moso culture together. Leaving Mother Lake is a book filled with drama, strangeness, and beauty. Yet for all the exoticism, Namu's story is a universal tale of mothers and daughters — the battles that drive them apart and the love that brings them back together.

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