Friday, July 10, 2009

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

The Bonesetter’s Daughter is a novel that uncovers the history and secrets of a family of Chinese ink makers who live in a village outside Peking, near a mountain called the Monkey’s Jaw, where Peking Man was discovered in the 1920s. The story is narrated by Ruth Young, a ghostwriter, who discovers the diary of her mother, LuLing. Consisting of two parts titled "Things I Know Are True" and "Things I Must Not Forget," the diary is LuLing’s account of pivotal life experiences stemming from her secret family heritage, being raised to learn the art of ink making, spending the latter portion of her adolescence as an orphan, living through the Japanese invasion of China, and her eventual immigration to the United States. For me, the strength of this novel comes from the rich stories told through LuLing’s diary.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3570.A48 B6 2001
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Annie Knight, Coordinator of CUC Library Services, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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