The Bonesetter's Daughter

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Ballantine Books, 2003 - Fiction - 400 pages
““As compelling as Tan’s first bestseller, The Joy Luck Club. . . No one writes about mothers and daughters with more empathy than Amy Tan.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[An] absorbing tale of the mother-daughter bond . . . this book sing[s] with emotion and insight.”
–People


Ruth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing, have always had a tumultuous relationship. Now, before she succumbs to forgetfulness, LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings, which reveal a side of LuLing that Ruth has never known. . . .

In a remote mountain village where ghosts and tradition rule, LuLing grows up in the care of her mute Precious Auntie as the family endures a curse laid upon a relative known as the bonesetter. When headstrong LuLing rejects the marriage proposal of the coffinmaker, a shocking series of events are set in motion–all of which lead back to Ruth and LuLing in modern San Francisco. The truth that Ruth learns from her mother’s past will forever change her perception of family, love, and forgiveness.


“A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters; haunting images; historical complexity; significant contemporary themes; and suspenseful mystery.”
–Los Angeles Times

“For Tan, the true keeper of memory is language, and so the novel is layered with stories that have been written down–by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Tan at her best . . . rich and hauntingly forlorn . . . The writing is so exacting and unique in its detail.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
 

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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

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
9
Section 4
36
Section 5
61
Section 6
85
Section 7
99
Section 8
112
Section 12
217
Section 13
236
Section 14
254
Section 15
277
Section 16
293
Section 17
311
Section 18
339
Section 19
356

Section 9
139
Section 10
159
Section 11
184
Section 20
366
Section 21
387
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About the author (2003)

Amy Tanis the author ofThe Joy Luck Club,The Kitchen God’s Wife,The Hundred Secret Senses,and two children’s books,The Moon LadyandThe Chinese Siamese Cat, which has been adapted asSagwa, a PBS series for children. Tan was also the co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version ofThe Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Tan, who has a master’s degree in linguistics from San Jose University, has worked as a language specialist to programs serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.


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