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"We were a family of three girls. By Chinese standards, that wasn't lucky. In Chinatown, everyone knew our story. Outsiders jerked their chins, looked at us, shook their heads. We heard things."

In this profoundly moving novel, Fae Myenne Ng takes readers into the hidden heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, to the world of one family's honor, their secrets, and the lost bones of a "paper father." Two generations of the Leong family live in an uneasy tension as they try to fathom the source of a brave young girl's sorrow.

Oldest daughter Leila tells the story: of her sister Ona, who has ended her young, conflicted life by jumping from the roof of a Chinatown housing project; of her mother Mah, a seamstress in a garment shop run by a "Chinese Elvis"; of Leon, her father, a merchant seaman who ships out frequently; and the family's youngest, Nina, who has escaped to New York by working as a flight attendant. With Ona and Nina gone, it is up to Leila to lay the bones of the family's collective guilt to rest, and find some way to hope again.

Fae Myenne Ng's luminous debut explores what it means to be a stranger in one's own family, a foreigner in one's own neighborhood--and whether it's possible to love a place that may never feel quite like home.

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Fae Myenne Ng was born in San Francisco, and lives in Northern California and New York City. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's and other magazines, and have been widely anthologized.

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412Scott, February 4, 2012 (view all comments by 412Scott)
The past few decades of English classes in American High Schools have canonized Amy Tan's Asian American fiction as the way for those outside that community to understand the disconnect between California and China for 1st and 2nd generation Chinese immigrants. Ng's novel is a fantastic alternate voice that needs to be read and discussed likewise. Leila and Mason's relationship in Bone has a mature composure, distance, and even a bit of grit and propels a book that peels away conflicts through a narrative that reads like a real life sorting-out process of a family's function and dysfunction. This is Chinese-American life, too, and I hope this voice finds its' way into classrooms to accompany Tan's deserving, but sometimes limiting view into late 20th century Asian American life.
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Ng, Fae Myenne
Hyperion Books
Ng, Fae Mye
General Fiction
Chinese americans
San Francisco (Calif.)
Domestic fiction
Historical fiction
Literature-A to Z
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