There is no blurb from the back (at least from my copy), but The Anniston Star says,
"An enchanting story of a mother and daughter, the secrets they have kept from one another, and the common ground they finally come to occupy ... A powerful, luminously written saga in which past and present are bound together into the tangled skein of a human life."
I didn't not like this book. It was a powerfully written story about Ruth and her mother, Lu Ling. About their relationship. About Lu Ling's life before she moved to America. About how we often don't give our mothers enough credit. I didn't not like this book.
I did feel, however, like I had read this book before. In "The Joy Luck Club". In "The Kitchen God's
Wife." In the spirit of fairness, should I give this more thought and think about the three books individually? Probably. I probably won't, though. Discussion in book club was drawn to the relationship between Ruth and Lu Ling, as well as Lu Ling's relationship with her nursemaid in China, Precious Auntie. It also centered around how strong we are. How very, very strong.
Thumbs up all around. My only caveat is this: If you've read Tan's other works, go slowly through this one and treat it like it's its own.
And now, the Book Blizzard. Huh. You get a lot of reading done waiting for Public Transportation.
All the Names, Jose Saramago:
Yes. Absolutely. Dense, but worth it. A couple of times I stopped, thought to myself, "What are you trying to tell me, Gabriel Garcia Marquez?", realized it wasn't Marquez at all, and went slowly through. It was tough, at times, navigating through what Senhor Jose was living and what he was thinking. But, eh. That's how it is with so many of us.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy.
You decide. I'm just proud I made it all the way through. I hadn't seen the movie. I won't be seeing the movie. I do keep wondering what's holding society together, though.
First Session With Seniors, Forrest Scogin.
I'm ready for my internship. So ready. In so many ways. Subject of a separate posting.
Queue's updated only to remove the completed books. I wonder how wise it would be to pile on more that I may, but probably won't, be able to get through by the time school starts.
At the same time, my dear friends Kylee and Katelyn are coming to visit in a week and a half, and I'm sure Katelyn can fill up my queue by herself ...