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The Bonesetter's Daughter (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

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““As compelling as Tans first bestseller, The Joy Luck Club. . . No one writes about mothers and daughters with more empathy than Amy Tan.”

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[An] absorbing tale of the mother-daughter bond . . . this book sing[s] with emotion and insight.”

-People

Ruth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing, have always had a tumultuous relationship. Now, before she succumbs to forgetfulness, LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings, which reveal a side of LuLing that Ruth has never known. . . .

In a remote mountain village where ghosts and tradition rule, LuLing grows up in the care of her mute Precious Auntie as the family endures a curse laid upon a relative known as the bonesetter. When headstrong LuLing rejects the marriage proposal of the coffinmaker, a shocking series of events are set in motion-all of which lead back to Ruth and LuLing in modern San Francisco. The truth that Ruth learns from her mothers past will forever change her perception of family, love, and forgiveness.

“A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters; haunting images; historical complexity; significant contemporary themes; and suspenseful mystery.”

-Los Angeles Times

“For Tan, the true keeper of memory is language, and so the novel is layered with stories that have been written down-by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten.”

-The New York Times Book Review

“Tan at her best . . . rich and hauntingly forlorn . . . The writing is so exacting and unique in its detail.”

-San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345457370
Editor:
Miller, Nancy
Author:
Miller, Nancy
Author:
Tan, Amy
Author:
Various
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
China
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Women immigrants
Subject:
Chinese American families
Subject:
Chinese American women
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;china;novel;historical fiction;family;women;mothers and daughters;immigrants;san francisco;literature;american;asian;chinese american;asia;history;chinese americans;asian american;amy tan;historical;chinese culture;immigration;contemporary fiction
Subject:
fiction;china;novel;historical fiction;family;women;mothers and daughters;immigrants;san francisco;literature;american;asian;chinese american;asia;history;chinese americans;asian american;amy tan;historical;chinese culture;immigration;contemporary fiction
Subject:
fiction;china;novel;historical fiction;family;women;mothers and daughters;immigrants;san francisco;literature;american;asian;chinese american;asia;history;chinese americans;asian american;amy tan;historical;chinese culture;immigration;contemporary fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.29x5.50x.89 in. .70 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345457370 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Bonesetter?s Daughter dramatically chronicles the tortured, devoted relationship between LuLing Young and her daughter Ruth....A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery."
"Review" by , "Tan at her best....Rich and hauntingly forlorn...the writing is so exacting and unique in its detail."
"Review" by , "For Tan, the true keeper of memory is language, and so the novel is layered with stories that have been written down?by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten."
"Review" by , "In its rich character portrayals and sensitivity to the nuances of mother-daughter relationships, Tan's new novel is the real successor to, and equal of, The Joy Luck Club....The novel exhibits a poignant clarity as it investigates the dilemma of adult children who must become caretakers of their elderly parents, a situation Tan articulates with integrity and exemplary empathy for both generations."
"Review" by , "[An] absorbing tale of the mother-dauthter bond....This book sing[s] with emotion and insight."
"Synopsis" by , As compelling as Tan's first bestseller, The Joy Luck Club. . . No one writes about mothers and daughters with more empathy than Amy Tan.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

An] absorbing tale of the mother-daughter bond . . . this book sing s] with emotion and insight.

-People

Ruth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing, have always had a tumultuous relationship. Now, before she succumbs to forgetfulness, LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings, which reveal a side of LuLing that Ruth has never known. . . .

In a remote mountain village where ghosts and tradition rule, LuLing grows up in the care of her mute Precious Auntie as the family endures a curse laid upon a relative known as the bonesetter. When headstrong LuLing rejects the marriage proposal of the coffinmaker, a shocking series of events are set in motion-all of which lead back to Ruth and LuLing in modern San Francisco. The truth that Ruth learns from her mother's past will forever change her perception of family, love, and forgiveness.

A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters; haunting images; historical complexity; significant contemporary themes; and suspenseful mystery.

-Los Angeles Times

For Tan, the true keeper of memory is language, and so the novel is layered with stories that have been written down-by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten.

-The New York Times Book Review

Tan at her best . . . rich and hauntingly forlorn . . . The writing is so exacting and unique in its detail.

-San Francisco Chronicle

"Synopsis" by , The Bonesetter’s Daughter dramatically chronicles the tortured, devoted relationship between LuLing Young and her daughter Ruth. . . . A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery.”

Los Angeles Times

“TAN AT HER BEST . . . Rich and hauntingly forlorn . . . The writing is so exacting and unique in its detail.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“For Tan, the true keeper of memory is language, and so the novel is layered with stories that have been written down–by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten.”

The New York Times Book Review

“AMY TAN [HAS] DONE IT AGAIN. . . . The Bonesetter’s Daughter tells a compelling tale of family relationships; it layers and stirs themes of secrets, ambiguous meanings, cultural complexity and self-identity; and it resonates with metaphor and symbol.”

The Denver Post

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