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I learned a great deal about Chinese culture and history.
By the time we get to the heroine's mother's back story, I no longer cared what happened, I just wanted to finish the book so I could read something else.
The story was interesting, but not very believable and very few of the characters were likable ... Not one of Amy Tan's greats.
I am a fan of Amy Tan's other books but this one was a big disappointment. I kept wishing it was over. If I wasn't reading it for my book club, I would have not finished it. Read morePublished 5 minutes ago by smokeyandashes
Just okay. I did find, however, that Ms. Tan would go into lengthy descriptions on some of Violet's feelings and insights, then completely glide over elements that were tragic and... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by jane greenway
this novel has been a big deception.I try to
find some interesting issue, but it was a very bad story. Read more
While very well written I could only read the beginning (until the missed ship) and the last two chapters. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Linda
I love Amy Tan's writing. This is a book about mothers and daughters with a well crafted story and a very interesting historical and cultural setting. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Elizabeth Gross
No spoilers, but I can say there were three places in the book where I had to grab Kleenex. I love how she layers her characters in such a realistic way, while making you feel you... Read morePublished 3 days ago by burncmc
I always feel I have learned something after reading one of her novels. I never realized the differences in culture before reading ms. Tan's booksPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Disappointed. The book was often boring and resulted in final contrived outcome. Would not recommendPublished 5 days ago by B. Books
There were times in my reading I just wanted the book to be over. It dragged onPublished 5 days ago by amw