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The Red Chamber

Pauline A. Chen

In this lyrical reimagining of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, set against the breathtaking backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing, the lives of three unforgettable women collide in the inner chambers of the Jia mansion. When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering façades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants' quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace. When a political coup overthrows the emperor and plunges the once-mighty family into grinding poverty, each woman must choose between love and duty, friendship and survival. In this dazzling debut, Pauline A. Chen draws the reader deep into the secret, exquisite world of the women's quarters of an aristocratic household, where the burnish of wealth and refinement mask a harsher truth: marriageable girls are traded like chattel for the family's advancement, and to choose to love is to risk everything.

In this lyrical reimagining of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, set against the breathtaking backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing, the lives of three unforgettable women collide in the inner chambers of the Jia mansion. When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering façades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants' quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace. When a political coup overthrows the emperor and plunges the once-mighty family into grinding poverty, each woman must choose between love and duty, friendship and survival. In this dazzling debut, Pauline A. Chen draws the reader deep into the secret, exquisite world of the women's quarters of an aristocratic household, where the burnish of wealth and refinement mask a harsher truth: marriageable girls are traded like chattel for the family's advancement, and to choose to love is to risk everything.
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In this lyrical reimagining of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, set against the breathtaking backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing, the lives of three unforgettable women collide in the inner chambers of the Jia mansion. When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering façades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants' quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace. When a political coup overthrows the emperor and plunges the once-mighty family into grinding poverty, each woman must choose between love and duty, friendship and survival. In this dazzling debut, Pauline A. Chen draws the reader deep into the secret, exquisite world of the women's quarters of an aristocratic household, where the burnish of wealth and refinement mask a harsher truth: marriageable girls are traded like chattel for the family's advancement, and to choose to love is to risk everything.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Grayce Wey

Length:

16h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:48


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:53


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:41


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:44


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:31


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:08


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:05


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:58


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:33


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:53


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:05


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:08


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:52


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:43


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:17


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:00


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:34


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:34


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:25


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:11


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:10


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:51


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:10


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:51


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:23


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:00


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:32


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:52


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:59


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:33


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:07


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:58


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:41


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:14


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:25


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:50


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:23


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:13


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:22


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:55


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:28


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:34


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:40


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:08


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:08


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:13


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:34


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:09


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:39


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:34


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:39


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:48


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:34


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:17


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:36


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:21


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:43


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:02


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:08


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:05


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:18


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:53


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:30


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:43


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:14


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:10


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:12


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:08


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:09


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:14


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:26


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:01


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

08:22


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:31


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:15


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:58


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:06


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:34


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

00:29