Irrepressible memories. Vacant eyes. A child being dangled from a third story window. A boy tied to a chair. Children sleeping in layers of clothing to fight off the bitter cold. An infant dying from starvation. Some things your mind will never allow you to forget. Silent Tears is the true...
Xiao Gou: A female orphan that Kay meets. Xiao Gou only has one leg due to a horrific accident and bungled surgery. She also has an exposed colon and difficulty with personal hygiene. Kay eventually advocates for her to get a colostomy and prosthetic leg, and continues to fight to have her adopted.
Heather: Kay's oldest daughter. She does not come to China with the family in the beginning, but does eventually spend 1 year with them in the country. She returns to the United States after 1 year, at age 16.
Kay Bratt/Ti Ti: The author of the book. The book is told as Kay's journal during her stay in China and deals with her work at the Shengxi (the name of the city & orphanage are changed in the book; this is probably not where the family was actually living, and there may not be a Shengxi orphanage) Home. Ti Ti is what the director of the orphanage has the children call Kay (at her request).
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