Characters
Violet Mintum (Female) , Courtesan , Chinese , American , Mother , Married , Lulu's daughter; half Chinese, half-American; separated from her mother when the Ching dynasty is overturned; forced to become a courtesan in one of the most reputable houses in Shanghai; her first husband passed away from influenza; her second marriage was to a scam artist; her infant daughter is abducted;struggling to find her place in the world between the East and the West;
Lulu (Female) , Madam , American , White , Mother , Violet's mother; fell in love with a Chinese painter when she was 16; came back to Shanghai with him; only white woman to run a first-class courtesan house in Shanghai
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Domestic
Multicultural
Saga
Topics
Identity
Women's lives
Courtesans
Chinese culture
Chinese history
Chinese women
Mothers and daughters
Tradition
Madams
Desire
Deception
Self-discovery
Love
Setting
Shanghai, China - Asia
China - Asia
Time Period
1912 -- 20th century
1897 -- 19th century