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The eagerly awaited English translation of awardwinning author Zhang Ling’s epic and intimate novel about the devastation of war, forgiveness, redemption, and the enduring power of loveOn the day of the historicJewel Voice Broadcast—in which Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender to the Allied forces, bringing an end to World War II—three men, flush with jubilation, made a pact After their deaths, each year on the anniversary of the broadcast, their souls would return to the Chinese village of their younger days It’s where they had fought—and survived—a war that shook the world and changed their own lives in unimaginable ways Now, seventy years later, the pledge is being fulfilled by American missionary Pastor Billy, brash gunner’s mate Ian Ferguson, and local soldier Liu ZhaohuAll that’s missing is Ah Yan—also known as Swallow—the girl each man loved, each in his own profound wayAs they unravel their personal stories of the war, and of the woman who touched them so deeply during that unforgiving time, the story of Ah Yan’s life begins to take shape, woven into view by their memories A woman who had suffered unspeakable atrocities, and yet found the grace and dignity to survive, she’d been the one to bring them together And it is her spark of humanity, still burning brightly, that gives these ghosts of the past the courage to look back on everything they endured and remember the woman they lost A Single Swallow

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10 thoughts on “A Single Swallow

  1. says:

    This story has an interesting premise and chooses a particular narrative device to tell the life story of a Chinese woman during World War II and beyond.

    In 1945, on the day that Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces, three men make a pact to return to the Chinese village where they all met each year on this day... even after death.

    And so the book opens with the last of these three men dying and th

  2. says:

    This was a very delicately translated beautiful, but also brutal and explicit story of three men during and at the end of WWII. They all meet up as souls after their deaths to fulfill a pact they made to meet on the anniversary of the end of the war after they have all died. They each tell their stories of how the same woman, Ah Yan, (also known as Stella, Wende, and the Swallow,) touched their lives with love and dignity and

  3. says:

    A captivating story of a Chinese woman told through the eyes of three men who enter her life at different times and leave their imprint on her life through their own mistakes, shortcomings and weaknesses.

    The three protagonists make a promise to each other that they would meet at a certain spot on a fixed date after their deaths and this story is the story of their memories of life, despite being narrated by “ghosts

  4. says:

    On the eve of the surrender of Japan and thus the end of the second World War, three man are sitting toasting in a small village deep into China. One is an American Missionary who is almost 40, the others are almost half his age. One is an American soldier sent there to train Chinese recruits, the other is one of those Chinese who became an expert marksman. They make a solemn vow: when they will die their ghost will return to the v

  5. says:

    I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley. I am providing an honest review voluntarily.

    The premise of the book sounded great. The bones of the story were good, but there were definitely some things I didn't like about the book.

    TRIGGER WARNING: bombing, gore, sexual assault, and death of pets

    First and foremost, the text was overly descriptive, and and was heavily overburdened by information th

  6. says:

    This book tells the story of a young woman named Ah Yan, from the perspective of three different men in China who knew her during World War II. It’s told by their ghosts, almost in conversation with each other. The writing is, at times, really engaging, namely the later quarter of the book. The middle drags on a bit because we know much of the story from the start. The author withheld plot information from the reader to keep us interes

  7. says:

    A Single Swallow by Zhang Ling translated by Shelly Bryant

     Thank you to Netgalley for the review copy

    The main character is a woman named Yao Ah Yan, meaning Swallow, whom we learn about through the eyes of three men who loved her. Even though the story revolves around her, the story is never presented from her point of view.  In 1945 China, when the Japanese surrendered, three men made an agreement to meet back in

  8. says:

    This novel has a great concept driving how the story unfolds--3 comrades who survived the end of WW2 in China and heard the Japanese emperor's surrender on the radio meet back in their former village from beyond the grave after the final man dies. Primarily in the voices of the three friends, the life story of a young Chinese woman is told by the three men who loved her.

    TW for some seriously brutal sexual assault scenes and rampan

  9. says:

    This book encompasses a world of information: China under Japanese imperialism, Chinese life, Chinese family customs, poverty in Chinese villages, Chinese tea plantations, American missionaries in China, American troops in China prior to and following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Japanese invasion – to name a few. And then after the war, the advent of communism in China.

    The story involves a Chinese girl and older boy who grew

  10. says:

    DNF at 33%. I know that both Ling Zhang and Shelley Bryant, the translator, been widely acclaimed, and the writing was lovely. But it was just too slow for me. A lot of it was the recollection/memories of the main characters rather than focusing on an overarching plot. We start with the deaths of the three main characters, Pastor Billy, Ian and Zhao, and flash back from there. So we know how things are going to turn out. The novel depends on our wan

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