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  1. The Scavenger's Daughters (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters)
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  2. The Scavenger's Daughters (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters)

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Having survived torture and imprisonment during China’s Cultural Revolution, Benfu escaped to find love with his compassionate and beautiful Calla Lily. Together they build a fulfilling life around the most menial of jobs—Benfu’s work collecting trash. As he sorts through the discards of others, he regularly discovers abandoned children. With unwavering determination, he and Calli spend decades creating a family of hand-picked daughters that help heal the sorrow and brighten their modest home. But all is not perfect and when crisis threatens to separate their family, Benfu—or possibly his band of headstrong daughters—must find a way to overcome the biggest hardship yet.

Inspired by a true story, and set against the backdrop of a country in transition, The Scavenger’s Daughters is a sweeping present day saga of triumph in the face of hardship, and the unbreakable bonds of family against all odds.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The Scavenger's Daughter is a modern-day novel that brings to our attention the dilemma of orphaned children in China through the story of Benfu, the trash collector, and the family of girls he and his wife, Calla Lilly, have raised. All of their girls were found abandoned on the streets, sometimes in the piles of trash Benfu sorts through. Over the years, adopted daughters have grown up and left home, making room for new girls who in their turn, grow up and leave.

When we first meet Benfu, he is a seventeen-year old during the height of the Cultural Revolution, beaten and imprisoned for his family background. He escapes to the city of Wuxi, where he is befriended by Calla Lilly and her parents.
But decades later, Benfu and Calla Lilly are old and tired, barely earning enough to feed their current family of six girls. They receive minimal assistance from the City Welfare Office; if not for the wages their eldest daughter Linnea brings to add to their tiny income, the... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) This is a story full of morals and lessons, each one will touch a spot on your heart.

It begins with a boy...imprisoned, beaten, harmed, all because of his family background. All it takes is one act of kindness to change this boy's life and that of dozens of people. For when someone shows him this act of kindness, he vows he spend the rest of his life doing good for others.

The boy becomes a man, a trash collector. In China, daughters are discarded and abandoned a lot. He finds them in the trash and he keeps them, feeds them, clothes them, provides them as love as he can. With all these daughters, he's relegated to a life of poverty. They don't live like other people, but they have love. They have each other.

But what will happen to them all when he dies? He's very ill; he has no retirement, no savings; nobody is helping them.

The lessons that sum up beautifully in the pages...

-You can't judge a group as a whole by the actions of... Read more
Though I lived during the time of and half-way recall events of China's overthrow to communism, I was a young girl in America. What really captured my attention in this book was the detailed history I think other countries never knew about life before and during Chairman Mao's rise and rule. The story-line and various characters that were linked together were culturally unique and I found quite interesting - I kept wanting to read a few more pages at each setting to find out what happened that day. It's not an action book, but the treacherous times they lived in were full of twists. It's not what I consider a romance novel, yet it is full of love for family, community and hope.
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