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A San Francisco career woman who makes her living by ghostwriting self-help books, Ruth has little idea of her mother's past or true identity. What's more, their relationship has tended to be an angry one. Still, Ruth recognizes the onset of LuLing's decline--along with her own remorse over past rancor--and hires a translator to decipher the packets. She also resolves to "ask her mother to tell her about her life. For once, she would ask. She would listen. She would sit down and not be in a hurry or have anything else to do."
Framed at either end by Ruth's chapters, the central portion of The Bonesetter's Daughter takes place in China in the remote, mountainous region where anthropologists discovered Peking Man in the 1920s. Here superstition and tradition rule over a succession of tiny villages. And here LuLing grows up under the watchful eye of her hideously scarred nursemaid, Precious Auntie. As she makes clear, it's not an enviable setting:
I noticed the ripe stench of a pig pasture, the pockmarked land dug up by dragon-bone dream-seekers, the holes in the walls, the mud by the wells, the dustiness of the unpaved roads. I saw how all the women we passed, young and old, had the same bland face, sleepy eyes that were mirrors of their sleepy minds.Nor is rural isolation the worst of it. LuLing's family, a clan of ink makers, believes itself cursed by its connection to a local doctor, who cooks up his potions and remedies from human bones. And indeed, a great deal of bad luck befalls the narrator and her sister GaoLing before they can finally engineer their escape from China. Along the way, familial squabbles erupt around every corner, particularly among mothers, daughters, and sisters. And as she did in her earlier The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan uses these conflicts to explore the intricate dynamic that exists between first-generation Americans and their immigrant elders. --Victoria Jenkins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this one for book club, but it's just not my kind of book. Others liked it.Published 7 days ago by E. A. BURGESS
a tragic story of constant misunderstandings. three generations of women struggling toward understanding, freedom and light,Published 8 days ago by medorz
I thoroughly enjoy reading books by Amy Tan. She opens worlds that are unknown to me, including history and culture. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Doranne
Loved the characters and their personalities. Real family struggle and ultimate understanding, respect and love. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Michelle Wright
this is very detailed, good story telling of Chinese family values...enjoyed the complexity, and intrigue of the plot I have Joy Luck Club, but haven't read it , so I guess I need... Read morePublished 1 month ago by roberta napoli
A quick read drawing on many themes those who have read Amy Tan will be familiar with: family, displacement, heritage, mothers and daughters, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Claire Bendix
Our book club read it, discussed it and ate homemade Chinese food for lunch!Published 2 months ago by sophiab