I went into the Wayback Machine for this week’s review. I read this lovely Amy Tan novel in 2019.The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ruth’s widowed mother, LuLing, is sinking into dementia. Ruth’s relationship with her boyfriend, Art, is not all it could be, and she’s feeling the burden on both sides.
Then, Ruth’s mother gives her some papers to translate into English … papers that talk about LuLing’s time living in China. Through flashback, we see what life was like for people across all spectra of wealth and privilege during the first half of the 20th century … and how many challenges were faced based on social mores and expectations.
As always, Tan’s authorial voice is entertaining, even when dealing with difficult matters. Her research is impeccable, and you can tell she cares about every character she creates. There are multiple examples of the hero’s journey in this tale, and that was interesting to realize.
This is not an easy, lightweight read. The book deals with harsh, historical realities as seen through the eyes of the characters. It’s worth the time and effort; you will learn something and be moved.
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