The characters portray the immense cultural and economic pressures which exist within their society.
Characters come alive with Scott's detailed descriptions of societal and cultural circumstances and her ability to capture complex emotions in her writing.
Once I started "The Lucky Gourd Shop" I was unable to stop reading until the book was finished.
Much has been made of the recent study conducted by The New School for Social Research showing that reading literary fiction promotes the development of empathy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benjamin Paul Myers
Really enjoyed this book. Read it quite quickly because I wanted to see how the story unfolded. Worth the purchasePublished 23 months ago by Beth Nielsen
Good story, but not quite what I was expecting. Great eye opener to another culture. Bits of it were quite disturbing.Published on December 2, 2012 by Jane
The Lucky Gourd Shop This book was on my Church reading list, but I never did figure out why. It was difficult to read about how women and girls were being treated. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Jbgator9
I came across this book by chance, not specifically to read a story about 3 adopted children. I had read Scotts most recent book, The Road from Chapel Hill. Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by T. M. Lord
Adoption is a two-headed coin -- tremendous joy but at someone else's sorrow.
Ms. Scott has taken the memories of her children, combined them with extensive research into the... Read more
In addition to telling a poignant story with restraint, The Lucky Gourd Shop gives the reader
insight into the dynamics of Korean culture and the intricacies of daily life... Read more
JOANNA CATHERINE SCOTT's knowledge of Korea is evident; the detail is both convincing and delicious to read. Read morePublished on July 18, 2002
The Lucky Gourd Shop is simply captivating and enchanting. Rarely do I come across a book that I become so enraptured by from its very first page . . . Read morePublished on June 23, 2002