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Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, Saving Fish from Drowning, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which was adapted into a PBS Kids production. Tan was also a coproducer and coscreenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club. Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
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By the way, didn't like how the story of Teddy is left hanging . . . that was confusing.
I was expecting more from Amy Tan since she figures among my favorite writers. This book started out promising but once Violet was sold into the world of courtesans (a fancy word for Prostitutes) the book started going downhill. She meets an American man whom she has a child with, a girl named Flora. Flora is taken away from her and once more she is left with nothing and goes back into the tawdry world of courtesans. This time she meets a creepy man named Perpetual who fools her into thinking he comes from a wealthy family of scholars and takes her to a backwater village in the middle of nowhere called Moon Pond. Turns out Perpetual was a conniving liar and cruel abuser. The story then changes to the time when Violet's mother met her father Lu Shing and what let her to leave San Francisco for Shanghai. The ending was disappointing and I'm truly sorry I wasted two weeks reading this book. I could have finished the book a lot sooner but I could not keep myself interested enough to read for long periods. I love Amy Tan's old books but I DO NOT recommend this one.
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I love long books and this never disappointed . The characters were so real and yet mysterious and unfamiliar. Great read!