Silent Tears

Silent Tears

A Journey of Hope in A Chinese Orphanage

Paperback - 2011
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"An eye-opening account of life in China's orphanages. Kay Bratt vividly details the conditions and realities faced by Chinese orphans in an easy-to-read manner that draws the reader in to the heart-wrenching moments she has experienced in her work to bring hope to these children."--Dan Cruver, cofounder and director of Together for Adoption

When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina.

Based on Bratt's diary of her four years working at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. Her story balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory. It is the story of hundreds of children--and one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Edition: 1st Mariner books ed.
ISBN: 9780547744964
Characteristics: xi, 335 p. ; 21 cm.


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wtchywmn9 Jun 07, 2013

Don't know what to make of is author. While the stories about the children are touching, there is an underlying current of ego self-massage...the theme being that she is so wonderful for all of the things she did and at such a cost to herself. If you can ignore that part, it's an OK book.


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