Tiger Tail Soup

my cover, 5-27-14

Tiger Tail Soup, tells the story of a Chinese woman struggling to survive and protect her family during the Japanese invasion of 1938 and the continuing war that merged into World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The narrator, An Lee, is a young wife and mother. As the novel opens, she’s pregnant and worried about her husband who hasn’t returned from his business trip. Stepping out onto the balcony, she hears bombs exploding in the distance. When her husband finally appears, he has exchanged his suit and tie for the uniform of a Chinese soldier.

During the next seven years An Lee sees her husband again only twice. Left alone, it’s up to her to protect their children, her mother, and her mother-in-law. For a few years their island, though surrounded by enemy forces, is spared from a full-scale invasion because of its status as an international treaty port. But on December 7, 1941, the enemy launches a coordinated attack on Pearl Harbor and all the international enclaves in China. In a matter of minutes, the island of Kulangsu becomes occupied territory, and life for the family enters a new, more challenging phase.

Tiger Tail Soup is available in paperback and as an ebook from Amazon.com,  barnesandnoble.com, Apple iBook and from your favorite bookstore.


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  2. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy.

  3. WOW! The whole bound feet thing still makes me sad. Now I wonder about your shoes as well. Hmmm….

    • victor

      look at the shape of the boots, not only the length

      you’ll notice goes up markedly just behind the toes, just like the picture of a bound foot

      also – that thick leather sole and completely leather upper makes me think it was made by a professional for a woman with money

      as far as how it got there, we never know where some things wind up…

      • I, too, thought the shape looked like it would fit a bound foot, Victor. Still, if they are for someone with bound feet, it’s unusual. Most of the pictures I’ve seen are of cloth shoes.

        • victor

          i too had the feeling mostly they were made of cloth – by the lady herself, or someone in her household

          that’s why i thought it might have belonged to a woman with money, or maybe prestige, in order to have a professional make it out of leather

    • I guess we’ll just have to keep wondering about those boots. I suppose the mystery could lead to a new story.

  4. My heart breaks knowing many women went through such torture for so called beauty. How many others horrendous cultural practices have been exercised throughout the world? I’d heard of bound feet, but never saw a picture until this one, how sad.

    • When you combine beauty with social and economic status, you have a toxic mix. Their mothers must have thought it was the only way to secure their daughters’ futures.

      • victor

        the concept is still very much alive – you’ve probably heard of “female circumcision/mutilation” – want to survive? need a husband…

        in Thailand and surrounding areas – need to survive, can’t afford to feed the daughter – sell her into prostitution

        all about the need for money… west virginia – can’t speak out against “strip mining” – people need the money to survive…

        some of the “benefits” of our capitalist system…

    • victor

      people do all sorts of things – in the name of “beauty”

      different cultures accept and/or expect different things…

  5. When I clicked on “Leave a comment” for you second anniversary post, I was sent here for some reason. Also, when I clicked on your post through the email reminder, I was sent here. Something’s weird. Anyway, happy blogoversary, Nicki!

  6. I enjoy hearing background info about your years living in Asia, your writing projects, your art, your adventures with family and friends and whatever you care to discuss. You always make it interesting.

  7. Nicki, congratulations! I have enjoyed reading your blog and will be looking back at some of the earlier posts I missed.

    • I hope you enjoy the earlier posts, Michelle. Thanks so much for your interest. I spoke to my daughter this afternoon, and even though she had read all my posts, she said she was going back to read them again. What a faithful daughter!

  8. Congrats! I only hope to be as dedicated.

    One of the things I like about your blog is the variety. I never know what the subject will be, but I always enjoy your posts. 🙂

  9. Traveller at heart

    Congratulations Nicki.

  10. I guess the WP gremlins are wishing you a happy anniversary, Nicki. 🙂 Congratulations on a successful two years of blogging. I always enjoy your personal posts.

  11. Congratulations on your 2nd year, Nicki. I just found your blog recently and have enjoyed your posts about meeting your husband and other more personal topics. I’m planning on reading some or your older posts too.

  12. Jeri

    Nicki, I enjoy how you put your words and sentences together to tell a story. So anything you write about is always enjoyable for me to read. Love to hear about your experiences of living in Asia. You bring so much more than just your life experiences into your posts, you also give many of us a history lesson.

    • Thank you, Jeri. It’s so nice of you to say that. Now I think it is time for me to write more about my experiences while living in Asia. In fact, you just gave me a new idea.

  13. Thanks for the multi-author book connections!

  14. The book must be very interesting to read especially when one want to know the hard scaring life of Chinese people during Japanese invasion..

    • Millions of Chinese people lived through that war and millions died. It’s estimated that somewhere between 17 million and 22 million Chinese civilians died during the war with Japan. My book tells the story of one family.

  15. Nicki, I just finished reading Tiger Tail Soup and wanted to let you know how much I loved it. I bought the book about a month or so ago but I had a few other books to read first for my book club. Once I was able to begin reading your book I couldn’t put it down. The characters, the setting and the story are all wonderful. I’ve posted a review on Amazon also. Congratulations on creating a great work of fiction!

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