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The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan
The Bonesetter's Daughter
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In memories that rise like wisps of ghosts, LuLing Young searches for the name of her mother, the daughter of the Famous Bonesetter from the Mouth of the Mountain. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write all that she can remember of her life as a girl in China. Meanwhile,... show more
In memories that rise like wisps of ghosts, LuLing Young searches for the name of her mother, the daughter of the Famous Bonesetter from the Mouth of the Mountain. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write all that she can remember of her life as a girl in China. Meanwhile, her daughter Ruth, a ghostwriter for authors of self-help books, is losing the ability to speak up for herself in front of the man she lives with and his two teenage daughters. None of her professional sound bites and pat homilies works for her personal life; she knows only how to translate what others want to say.Ruth starts suspecting that something is terribly wrong with her mother. As a child, Ruth had been constantly subjected to her mother's disturbing notions about curses and ghosts, and to her repeated threats to kill herself, and was even forced by her mother to try to communicate with ghosts. But now LuLing seems less argumentative, even happy, far from her usual disagreeable and dissatisfied self.While tending to her ailing mother, Ruth discovers the pages LuLing wrote in Chinese, the story of her tumultuous and star-crossed life, and is transported to a backwoods village known as Immortal Heart. There she learns of secrets passed along by a mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; of a cave where dragon bones are mined, some of which may prove to be the teeth of Peking Man; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World, where Precious Auntie's scattered bones lie, and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal.Like layers of sediment being removed, each page reveals secrets of a larger mystery: What became of Peking Man? What was the name of the Bonesetter's Daughter? And who was Precious Auntie, whose suicide changed the path of LuLing's life? Within LuLing's calligraphed pages awaits the truth about a mother's heart, what she cannot tell her daughter yet hopes she will never forget. Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. The story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enables us to recover in memory what we have lost in grief. Over the course of one fog-shrouded year, between one season of falling stars and the next, mother and daughter find what they share in their bones through heredity, history, and inexpressible qualities of love.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399146435 (0399146431)
ASIN: 399146431
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's
Pages no: 353
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
4.0 Great Look at a Mother and Daughter Relationship
I think that when Amy Tan is right on she is definitely right on. A few years ago I devoured every book she had written and still have all of her books on my bookshelf. I decided to re-read "The Bonesetter's Daughter" for my Booklikes-opoly square. The "Bonesetter's Daughter"is told as a shifting...
Priscilla and her Books
Priscilla and her Books rated it
5.0
This is my first Amy Tan book. Having bought it at a sale (3 for $10), I was ecstatic to finally found one book I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time.The Bonesetter’s Daughter talks about the estranged relationship between mothers and daughters. It is about the women who shaped Ruth Young’s ...
silverneurotic
silverneurotic rated it
This book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews from readers, and I suppose I can see why. This is one of those books that takes a lot of patience and as a whole probably does not appeal to a wide range audience. Personally I enjoyed The Bonesetter's Daughter, but I have to admit this was definitely a b...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 The Bonesetter's Daughter
Ruth's mother is apparenly losing her mind. Her memories are slipping away from her. Ruth finds a document that tells the story of her youth and escape from China to America. Ruth's mother LuLing was the daughter of a woman who was once beautiful until a terrible accident happened. Her family di...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
4.0
I really enjoyed this one, having wanted to read this one for years. Set in both pre-communist China and modern day California, telling the story of Ruth and her mother LuLing. It is not an easy relationship at all. LuLing is quarrelsome, manipulative, and has made Ruth's life hell for many years. R...
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