In Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes, author Leslie Li recounts stories of her life as a child of two cultures - Chinese and American - focusing particularly on food, and the way it has flavored the many memories of her life.
Skilled voice actor Bernadette Flaggler’s performance is well-suited to the subject matter, her slightly rough voice eloquently communicating that wisdom which comes only with age; she is especially adept at adopting the thoughtful and reflective tone that makes this memoir really special. Li includes recipes for those dishes she waxes poetic about, but food is only the lens through which she examines her heritage, and especially her confusing and often contentious relationship with her father.
The powerful yet touching memoir of a Chinese-American woman and her grandmother by an extraordinarily talented author who has been compared to Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston. Leslie Li belongs to the illustrious Li family of Guilin, China. Her paternal grandfather, Li Zongren, was China's first elected vice president, to whom Chiang Kai-shek left control of the country when he fled to Formosa. Leslie's father was studying in the US when he met and married her American-born mother.