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The bonesetter's daughter
Amy Tan
Adult Fiction TAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Tan's empathetic insight into the complex relationship of Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters is again displayed in her latest extraordinary, multi-layered tale. Now suffering from Alzheimer's, Lu Ling's references to the past are confusing and contradictory particularly her desperate attempts to communicate with her deceased Precious Auntie, who was her nursemaid and Ruth worries about her mother's health. But when Ruth translates Lu Ling's lengthy journal, she learns that her mother was once a strong-willed, courageous girl who overcame a background of family secrets and lies, persevered despite romantic heartbreak and survived tremendous hardships and suffering in war-torn China. Tan deftly handles narrative duties as Ruth, the exasperated but loving daughter, while Chen is perfect as the quick-speaking, accented Lu Ling. Lu Ling's first-person diary is particularly suited to audio: we hear the young girl directly reveal her secret hopes and dreams, and watch her grow from a naive innocent to a sharp-eyed survivor. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Forecasts, Dec. 4). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ruth Young lives in San Francisco with her longtime partner and his teen-age daughters. Her father died when she was an infant, leaving her mother, Chinese-born LuLing, to raise her. Now LuLing has senile dementia, and Ruth urgently wants to find out the real story of her mother's upbringing. The discovery of LuLing's handwritten memoir helps Ruth make sense of her mother's stories and actions, allowing her a better sense of her own actions and relationships. Written from the points of view of both Ruth and LuLing, this book effectively differentiates between the two narratives, with Tan reading the part of Ruth and actress Joan Chen portraying LuLing. This "good read" makes even better listening; a good choice for public libraries. Nann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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