YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.
Bound to her father's second wife and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed away. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where the life of a woman is valued less than that of livestock. Bound to be alone and unmarried, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful but compulsory tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content, for now, to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, to tend to the mysterious but beautiful carp in her garden, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society.
But all of this is about to change as the time for the village's annual festival draws near, and Stepmother, who has spent nearly all of the family's money, grows desperate to find a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing soon realizes that this greed and desperation may threaten not only her memories of the past, but also her dreams for the future.
In this searing story, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed author of Beast and Breath, delves into the roots of the Cinderella myth and unearths a tale as powerful as it is familiar.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - csweder - LibraryThing
I was intrigued by this book, as I haven't read much about Chinese culture. I liked it, was engaged with the character, and wanted to see things work out for her. I lost interest a bit when it turned into just another Cinderella story... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DeweyEver - LibraryThing
Bound is a retelling of the famous Cinderella story, taking place in China. There are a lot of elements based upon both the German Grimm story and some of the various Chinese Cinderella tales. I liked ... Read full review