Nina Romano’s first installment in the Wayfarer Trilogy is a richly detailed journey through China during the time of the Boxer Rebellion, circa 1900. The story follows Lian, the daughter of a Chinese mother and Swiss physician father, who struggles to find love and hope in spite of adversity. Lian’s use of Nushu, the secret language used by Chinese women, to write about her life and dreams is fascinating and at times heartbreaking. The author is also a poet, and it shows in her lyrical language. Romano’s beautiful descriptions of the setting and the characters’ inner worlds draw the reader into the plot and build interest with every page. Highly recommended.
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About Nina Romano
Nina Romano earned an M.A. from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University.
After residing twenty years in Italy, she settled in southern Florida where she was an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL