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Author: Ying Chen
"I was dying to see Mother suffer at the sight of my corpse," announces the young woman at the heart of this powerful and disquieting novel, which has won acclaim in France and in Canada upon original publication in French. In Ingratitude,Ying Chen tells the story of Yan-Zi, who decides to commit suicide in order to escape the yoke of her do...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780520220133
ISBN-10: 0520220137
Publication Date: 10/29/1999
Pages: 154
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Publisher: University of California Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This is a strange book, but I found it compelling.

Someone asked me what it was about and I answered that it was about a young woman who killed herself and shared her thouhts before and after she died, which is true.

But after I finished this book I realized that there was much more to it. I think it's about a child who never felt loved, who yearned to be herself, but had the strong impression that was not acceptable and there was no way to make it so. She longed for her parents' love and acceptance. She was profoundly lonely. She chose death to escape an existence that she found unbearable.

Ingratitude is dark, heavy, chilling - and it will haunt you if you stay until the end.

To say that this book is not for everyone is a gross understatement, but I'm pleased that I found it and read it.
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I got this book because the mother obviously has narcissistic personality disorder and my mom does too. It has helped provide me yet another layer of healing and understanding about what the heck happened in my life.