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Intrigued, Lily accepts. Her assignments range from the dangerous to the bizarre. Lily must seduce a monk. She must scrape a piece of clay from the famous Terracotta Warriors, and climb the Mountains of Heaven to gather a rare herb. At Xian, her first stop, Lily meets Alex, a young American with whom she forms a powerful connection. And soon, she faces revelations that will redefine her past, her destiny, and the shocking truth behind her aunt's motivations. . .
Powerful and eloquent, Song of the Silk Road is a captivating story of self-discovery, resonant with the mysteries of its haunting, exotic landscape.
"Lovely, provocative. . .book clubs will be fascinated." --Bestselling Author M.J. Rose
Contains mild sexual explicitness
Lily is not only a contemporary American woman but is sexually liberal…her character is very free with sexuality, obscenities and morals. The theme of sexuality is explored at great length and may be a turn off for more conservative readers. I didn't mind it but I did have a problem with Yip's coy use of euphemisms for body parts, sex acts, etc. It wasn't the use of euphemisms that bothered me, that's normal and I'm fine with it; to be honest, I'm not sure if the phrases are how Yip would normally talk or if they are, and this is probable, a reflection of how a woman raised in contemporary Hong Kong would talk. It's a bit jolting hearing them from a woman in the contemporary US, for instance she refers to a penis as a "yang instrument" and "a snake" and her vagina as "a snake hole". Eeeew. For me, it was very jarring; other readers it may not bother.
The journey consists of both her physical journey through China and the emotional journey that results from what she encounters and learns. Unfortunately, while it did make me curious about China and it's history, I never really cared about Lily and her personal journey.
This paperback was received from the publisher for review.