Lake Union Publishing
On Sale: October 27, 2015
Featuring: Benfu; Pony Boy
Hardcover / e-Book
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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. Their 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.
The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger’s
Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu’s
coming-of-age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural
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