The storyline reads like an autobiography as Ling-Cassandra tells her epic adventures during several troubled decades.
Sandi Tan's command of language and ability to develop entirely believable characters are impressive as is her richly constructed and detailed story line.
The less good (nothing was in fact, bad about this book)was at times the paranormal aspect was too fantastical and took me out of the vibe of the story.
When I started this book, I was immediately drawn in by the premise of an old woman who is being "erased from history books" by an unknown person, for some mysterious reason having... Read morePublished 7 months ago by anahi
Ms. Tan tells an interesting story about an important time in Asia. Her writing skills mature as we read. The plot unfolds effortlessly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Da Reader
This book is astonishing. The characters are not affable or likable. The situations are horrific and I would not suggest it to someone with a delicate heart. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ellen
This book started out with amazing promise. I loved the author's style and her characters were interesting and fun to get to know - even the ones I loved to hate. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dana
This book was intriguing and compelling. I started reading on a Saturday and was finished by the end of the day on Sunday. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Patricia
I read this book because of a review I read in the Philadelphia Inquirer. It is told as a narrativeof a now old woman. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jane
This certainly kept me reading. Tan is a wonderful writer and this period of history, interesting. However, the book seemed too long, the wrap up a little too pat. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Martha Burgess
I have read many Scandinavian mystery novels and needed a new perspective.
And, the concept of any person being erased from history is soul crushing, yet irresistible. Read more
This was an interesting book. It kept my interest and the twists and turns were unexpected. I did not see the end coming so I was surprised.Published 21 months ago by momsunshine