Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

I liked this book written by Amy Tan. Ruth is a Chinese-American who ghostwrites for self-help books. She lives with her boyfriend Art and his two children from a previous marriage. Her mother LuLing appears to be in the early stages of dementia and Ruth and Art struggle with how to care for her. Ruth doesn't know much about her mother's history, but then she discovers a manuscript written in Chinese that tells her story. Ruth finds a translator and learns that her mother had a sad childhood but was given an opportunity to move to America. She had to change some details about her life so her visa would be approved. An opera version premiered in San Francisco at the War Memorial Opera House in 2008.

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