The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan
Title: The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction/Cultural
Page Length: 387 pages
I have had this book on my to-be-read shelf for years, possibly a decade or more. Finally, it came time to read it. I have been a fan of Amy Tan ever since I saw the movie, The Joy Luck Club and realized I would probably also love her actual writing.
As expected, this was a wonderful and culturally vibrant story. I felt immersed into this world, featuring both modern San Francisco and historical China.
I am a sucker for mother/daughter stories and was instantly enthralled by Ruth and LuLing’s relationship, which had notes of bitterness and love. As all the best relationships should. The ancestry Tan ventures into about their heritage was spellbinding and gripping. Tan is a magical writer transporting the reader to another time. She has a pulse on the complexity of child and parent relationships.
If you love learning about other cultures, while at the same time having your heart pierced, then check Tan out, you will not be disappointed.
You can find the story on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: 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.