Kay Bratt was guest host of #LitChat on February 22, 2016. Read the chatscript here.kay bratt

The Palest Ink by Kay Bratt, a prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, depicts Benfu’s coming-of-age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.

A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family—but Benfu’s best friend all the same. the palest inkTheir futures look different but guaranteed… until they’re faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history.

At the announcement of China’s Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history.

After living in China for almost five years, Kay Bratt published her memoir, Silent Tears; A Journey of Hope In A Chinese Orphanage. The interest in her story makes it possible for her to continue her passion to make a difference in the lives of children in the orphanages of China.

Bratt now uses her love and knowledge of China to write Asian-inspired fiction. She also raises awareness of organizations that support children in China.

Using news articles, special interest stories, and fiction, Bratt strives to bring the adoption community together with others who would like to learn more about China.

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