The Bonesetter's Daughter

Tan, Amy (Book - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Bonesetter's Daughter

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""As compelling as Tan's first bestseller, The Joy Luck Club. . . No one writes about mothers and daughters with more empathy than Amy Tan." -The Philadelphia Inquirer "[An] absorbing tale of the mother-daughter bond . . . this book sing[s] with emotion and insight." -People 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. "A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters; haunting images; historical complexity; significant contemporary themes; and suspenseful mystery." -Los Angeles Times "For Tan, the true keeper of memory is language, and so the novel is layered with stories that have been written down-by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten." -The New York Times Book Review "Tan at her best . . . rich and hauntingly forlorn . . . The writing is so exacting and unique in its detail." -San Francisco Chronicle
Authors: Tan, Amy
Title: The bonesetter's daughter
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2001
Characteristics: 353 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Amy Tan
ISBN: 0345457374
Branch Call Number: FICTION TAN
Subject Headings: Chinese American families Fiction Chinese American women Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction Women immigrants Fiction Women China Fiction China Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Chinese American families
Chinese American women
Mothers and daughters
Women immigrants
LCCN: 00062673
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Ruth's Chinese-born mother LuLing has senile dementia, and Ruth urgently wants to find out the real story of her mother's upbringing, while negotiating how to best care for her mother. (2001)

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A very touching story. I like Amy Tan's books.

Aug 21, 2012
  • marmoore rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Amy Tan always tells a good story.

Aug 03, 2012
  • arleenwilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A rich rewarding read.

Apr 09, 2012
  • Pepperbot rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! Mundane occurances become interesting and funny when Tan writes about them, and those difficult aspects of relationships are portrayed so perfectly. And that's not all - the story was really interesting, being told through a few generations. A beautiful book overall. Lovely.

Dec 04, 2010
  • kawichick rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Novel picks up in the second third of the book however falls flat in plot and character development.

Oct 29, 2009
  • echidna rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The Bonesetter's Daughter is told in three parts: present day San Francisco; a small village in China pre-1940; and then back to present day U.S.A.

Ruth's mother, LuLing, was born in China and raised by a horribly disfigured nursemaid called Precious Auntie. There is a mystery surrounding the identity of LuLing's mother. LuLing's husband died young, so it was just Ruth and her mother in her family as she grew up. As an adult, Ruth has great difficulty negotiating intimate relationships. She has lived with a divorced man and his two teenaged daughters for 10 years, but still doesn't feel like she belongs there. Meanwhile, she worries about her mother, who is developing Alzheimer's. LuLing and Ruth are both complex, interesting women.

The first two parts were excellent but the final part seemed rushed and everything gets resolved into an unrealistically happy ending. Still, I would recommend this to women who enjoy reading about mother-daughter relationships. That is definitely Amy Tan's greatest strength.


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Jul 21, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ruth, a Chinese-American woman in San Francisco, worries that her elderly mother LuLing is beginning to suffer from dementia. Years earlier, when LuLing realized her memory was starting to disappear, she wrote down her life story for her daughter, in Chinese. Ruth finds these documents and has them translated, learning the truth about her mother's life in China and the effect it has had on her own life.


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