Excerpt reveal | Unbound: A Tale of Love and Betrayal in Shanghai by Dina Gu Brumfield


flushed from the cold. Mother was so relieved when she saw me; she ran over to me and scooped me into her arms.

“We went to Aunt Fong’s house, but she said you weren’t there,” Mother said. “We were so worried.” I noticed her eyes were puffy, like she had been crying.

“Mama, I’m hungry,” was my only reply.

Without a word, Father put the bowls onto a tray and carried our now-cold dinner into the communal kitchen. There, Mother warmed the food on the stove and we had a very late, very quiet dinner. Whether in spite of my worry or because of it, I slept very well that night.

It wasn’t until the next morning that my parents told me my grandma was coming to visit us in March.

“How?” I asked.

“She will take a big plane to Hong Kong,” explained Mother. “Then she will take a train to Guangzhou, and switch trains to Shanghai.”


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