Authors: Marilyn Land
Tags: #Fiction, #Sagas
Also by Marilyn Land
Copyright © 2010 Marilyn Land
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This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, names, incidents, organizations, and dialogue in this novel are either the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.
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ISBN: 978-1-4502-3635-5 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-1-4502-3636-2 (cloth)
ISBN: 978-1-4502-3637-9 (ebk)
Library of Congress Control Number: 2010908941
Printed in the United States of America
iUniverse rev. date: 7/9/2010
is a work of fiction. Any and all references to actual people, events, places, or business establishments are intended solely to give the fiction a sense of authenticity and the reality of the times. All names, characters, and non-historical incidents are the product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental.
The history of Mah Jongg was compiled from information made available by the Mah Jong Museum, Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia, and a multitude of articles that have appeared in miscellaneous newspapers and magazines.
Point of clarification to the reader:
, when referring to the ancient Chinese game, the Chinese spelling—Mahjong—is used. When referring to the American version of the game, the American spelling—Mah Jongg—is used.
I promise I won’t forget to bring the set!
A journey of 1,000 miles begins
with a single step!
Clattering Sparrows is dedicated to the players of my
weekly Mah Jongg games from 1957 to the present!
Maryland 1957—Wednesday Night
Maryland 1960—Wednesday Night
Cape Cod, MA 2003—Monday Afternoon
Phyllis Bouchard Judy Leventhal
Lois Goldberg Denise Smily
Dede Hadelman Toni Steinberg
Linda Kipnes Sharon Swartz
Cape Cod, MA 2004—Wednesday Night
Linda Ahern Ellen DiMeco
Toby Chandler Myrna Fritz
Ann Cherenson Ellie Maude
And to the many other terrific players I have clattered
tiles with over the past fifty years—above all my
two granddaughters Haley and Jillian Stein