The story of one woman’s journey from poverty to privilege to persecution, and her determination to survive as history and circumstance evolved around her. Tren-Hwa (“Spring Flower”) was born in a hut by the Yangtze River during the catastrophic floods of 1931. She was given up for adoption to a missionary couple, Dr. Edward Perkins and his wife. Renamed Jean Perkins, she attended schools in China and in New York, and after World War II returned to China with her parents. Spring Flower is eyewitness history and the eloquent memoir of a young girl growing up during the brutal Japanese occupation and the communist takeover of China.
“A book you cannot put down until you come to the end, and not even then.” – Margaret Sun, author of Betwixt and Between: A Memoir of New China