The best book in Any Tan's collection and sorely over looked. A deep look into a life hard live by the main charactor, the mother, as she explains her life before her second marriage. A story that speaks of the charm tradition superstition and hardships in China during the second world war that not only gives insight into a culture but into a cast of charactores who are so deep and rich in personality that one could forget that they do not know them personaly.
I thought this was better than the Joy Luck Club. I like Tan's mother daughter relationships. An easy read.
This is the best Amy Tan book I have read so far. Amy Tan's writing is, as always, impecable and readable. There were moments where I hated the villian in this story so much I literally wanted to throw the book across the room .... but I couldn't bear to part with the book until I found out how the main character got away! I ended up getting so caught up in the story that I was literally crying at some points (which rarely happens), and laughing at others. It's a book about strong women in their relationships with each other. This book is a keeper for me.
- I loved the rich history and the way the story unfolded I was very surprised how the ending wrapped up the whole story in a way I hadn't expected but I wish it had gone just one more chapter longer all in all it was such a fantastic story!
I just had to add something - if you get a chance you should listen to the audio books written & narrated by Amy Tan - "The Opposite of Fate" because she talks in more detail about the writing of this book and many other things. It gives you even more appreciation for the book... and it did give me the last chapter I so desperately wanted but having her describe it was even better than reading it.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator is the author and she is an EXCELLENT reader. Sadly, many writers are not good narrators, but she is wonderful.