The Bonesetter's Daughter

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Penguin, Feb 19, 2001 - Fiction - 400 pages
A mother and daughter find what they share in their bones in this compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.

Ruth Young and her widowed mother have always had a difficult relationship. But when she discovers writings that vividly describe her mother’s tumultuous life growing up in China, Ruth discovers a side of LuLing that she never knew existed.

Transported to a backwoods village known as Immortal Heart, Ruth learns of secrets passed along by a mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; of a cave where dragon bones are mined; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World; and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal. Within the calligraphied pages awaits the truth about a mother's heart, secrets she cannot tell her daughter, yet hopes she will never forget...

Conjuring the pain of broken dreams and the power of myths, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.
 

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I did the best I could, I even skimmed & jumped. I just did not like the characters, and for me that is the deal breaker Art, Ruth's Anglo significant other, basically drops the responsibility of his ... Read full review

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I wanted to reread The Joy Luck Club because we were talking about it in my book club and I remembered how well the movie adaptation and it had been a while since I had read the book. Go figure, I ... Read full review

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Contents

TRUTH
FOUR
FIVE
SEVEN
HEART
CHANGE
GHOST
DESTINY
EFFORTLESS
CHARACTER
FRAGRANCE
THREE
Copyright

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Amy Tan is the bestselling author of Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s MemoirThe Joy Luck ClubThe Kitchen God’s WifeThe Hundred Secret SensesThe Bonesetter's DaughterThe Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing LifeSaving Fish from Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted into a PBS television series. 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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