• by Karen Ma
  • Special To The Japan Times

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At the opening of Chinese-American author Geling Yan’s best-selling novel “Little Aunt Crane,” a 16-year-old girl by the name of Tatsuru, or “Crane,” escapes a mass suicide that Japanese elders in a Manchurian village order to preserve their honor. The young girl’s problems, however, have only just begun.

In the ensuing days, Crane discovers that her mother and siblings have all perished in the chaos. She’s then seized by human traffickers who sell her into a Chinese family where she is forced to act as a second wife and secret child-bearer.

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