Epic. Over forty years and two continents. The need for a mother’s love and what happens to a child when it is denied or stolen. Sexual commerce in early 20th century Shanghai. Friendship. Loyalty. Hard choices. Cruelty. Disillusionment. Forgiveness. We shouldn’t judge a person by what we see or what they do for a living. The reality could be far better or worse. Perhaps a bit too long with a few too many colorful detours and erotic details along the way. And some very lengthy passages of monologue or letters. But because it is Amy Tan, I stuck with it and was rewarded. Probably not my favorite of her books, but she’s still better than most.
Lorie Smith Schaefer
Wife, mother, grandmother, reader, writer, kindness warrior. Retired teacher. Former columnist for the Nevada Appeal. Member of Lone Mountain Writers and High Sierra Writers. Author of US, NOW AND THEN. View all posts by Lorie Smith Schaefer