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4.0 out of 5 stars Life does go on (Sue in Flemington, NJ), May 3, 2005
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This review is from: The Kitchen God's Wife (Mass Market Paperback)
I didn't actually "read" Kitchen God's Wife, however, I listened to it on an audiotape version. I started "listening" to books when I had a long commute to work and sometimes it is difficult to get your head programmed into the audiobook but not so with this read. I actually think that listening to this story is actually a benefit - not that Amy Tan needs any help with describing events. The only downside is I found myself in tears behind the wheel of my car! However, the background music and Amy's beautiful voice - really make the characters come to life even more.

This is such a powerful read and one need not be of Chinese heritage to appreciate it. Love, loss, survival and pain are a universal theme and Amy Tan surely hits on each in this novel.

The heroine, Winnie, has overcome such incredible loss and hurt -it is amazing she has anything left to give in her later years. I believe her loss made her want to love even more. Her incredible spirit and huge capacity for giving - especially to her daughter Pearl is beautiful.

I must admit that at one point I thought "how can she take one more thing", but she does.

This story is a testament to human spirit and I missed the characters one the book was finished. This is the first Amy Tan novel I've read and do plan on reading more.
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