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This review is from: The Bonesetter's Daughter: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) (Paperback)
One of the best things about this novel, I believe, is the accurate description of dementia. It doesn't matter if one is Chinese, German, or a mixture of everything, the mind of an elderly person with dementia is frustrating to those around especially immediate family. As LuLing becomes increasingly confused, there are other times when she is highly accurate. Of course, the daughter is frustrated. That frustration provides the framework for this novel in which the daughter uncovers her mother's real past.
That said, as a fan of historical fiction, I did enjoy the middle third of the book the best. LuLing's early years in China are the most interesting. The depiction of the dynamics of a Chinese family are intriguing.
Although as I said, I felt it was an accurate description of dementia, I give only three stars because I did feel the dementia/mother/daughter plot line a bit contrived. And, there seemed to be just a bit too much stereotyping of characters: the teenager step-daughters, the mother's language, the assisted living director. In short, a good read but not one that goes down as an all time favorite or especially memorable.