Diverse Authors can be Spooky Fun : The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan
"The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to." - Dodie Smith
I can see where the comparisons with The Ghost Bride came from; 19th Century China, ghosts, reincarnation. But in my opinion this is by far the better book of the two. Tan's writing is deeper, more nuanced, and heartfelt, and her observations about relationships (particularly between the sisters, Kwan and Olivia) are spot on.
I will definitely be reading more Amy Tan.
Originally published in 1991, Amy Tan’s The Kitchen God’s Wife gives us (well, at least me) more of what we loved from The Joy Luck Club: a story in which a mother reveals a hidden life of hardship in China to her daughter. While the book opens on Winnie Louie’s daughter and the misunderstandings that are souring the mother-daughter relationship, the majority of the book is Winnie’s story...
Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.
I'm reading this one for the 'Diverse Authors' square, and so far I'm enjoying it. Amy Tan is one of those authors who has been on my radar forever, but for one reason or another, I just haven't got around to reading.
I love how Tan describes the family dynamics between Kwan, and Olivia, the wildly opposite half-sisters. Olivia, is sensible, pragmatic and conventional, while Kwan has 'yin eyes' and can see and talk to ghosts.
Siblings. They can be the biggest pain in the arse, embarrass the life out of you, but when push comes to shove, you will defend them against anyone.