Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid — an awkward role in which she is more than a servant, but less than a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago.
"The conflicts inherent in the Chinese and Jewish temperament are delicately and intricately traced with profound wisdom and delicate understanding in this tale... This is an enchanting story, the theme of which is tolerance. Highly recommended."
"Peony has the vividness of scene and episode and character and the colorful detail that Pearl Buck's readers have come to expect of her novels in China."
-- New York Herald Tribune
"It is nice to note that this historical novel, published in 1948, withstands time and provides for a satisfying read."
Ayelet Negev, Haaretz
Rachel Penn discusses the Hebrew-language publication of Peony by Pearl S. Buck with Anat Dolev on her radio show "Six O'Clock with Anat Dolev". (Segment starts on 29th minute)
Six O'Clock with Anat Dolev, IBA