rabbit in the moon
Strong-willed Dr. Lili Quan, American born Chinese  is a medical resident in LA and life suddenly seems to be coming apart. On impulse she accepts an invitation to study in China, ostensibly to fulfill her mother's dying wish. Little does she know she will become a pawn in a deadly international scheme as greedy and ambitious men vie to gain control of her grandfather's discovery of shou, the secret of longevity. The story is set against the most tumultuous 7 weeks in recent Chinese history from the rise of the democracy movement in April, 1989 to its fall with the June 4th massacre in Tiananmen Square,
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With the Olympics due to begin in China, Rabbit in the Moon by Deborah and Joel Shlian ($24.95, Oceanview) arrives in time to take the reader back to 1989, forty years after Mao and his People’s Liberation Army had changed China. Dr. Lili Quan prepares for a journey that will change her life forever. At 27, she had never thought of herself as anything but American, but a trip to honor her mother’s dying wish is the starting point for this international bestseller as she unlocks the secret of her past. This fast-paced story is full of ingenious plot twists and will keep you turning the pages.

Alan Caruba, My Picks of the Month (May 08)

For some, a potential life span of one hundred and twenty years is nowhere near enough for them – and they'll do anything to make it longer. "Rabbit in the Moon" tells of the discovery of something to make that idea much more possible- and those who would abuse it and keep it for their own, away from the masses for their own selfish needs. A Chinese family must gain the resolve to stand against them and hold onto the secret, for their intentions are not those with the greatness of the world in mind. "Rabbit in the Moon" is highly recommended to fans of deftly written and imaginative novels -- and a must for community library fiction collections.