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Book Title: Bone|
The author of the book: Fae Myenne Ng
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Reader ratings: 3.5
Date of issue: December 3rd 1993
ISBN 13: 9780060975920
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 549 KB
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Maybe I should change the 3 stars I gave Bone to 4 stars, because I’m still thinking about this book several weeks later. Set in San Francisco, Bone is a tale of strained relations between Chinese immigrant parents and their Chinese-American offspring (three sisters, one of whom, Leila, is our narrator). This theme might put some of readers in mind of the wildly popular The Joy Luck Club, but I think Amy Tan’s book was a bit more idealized than this one. Bone, to me, is grittier and more vivid, and the characters more real, in both good ways and bad.
I see some reviews here on Goodreads have been hidden for spoilers, although I’m not sure why, because everything is revealed on the first few pages: One of Leila’s sisters committed suicide a while back by jumping off a building. Meanwhile, in the present day, Leila has eloped with her boyfriend to New York City, and is just now breaking the news to her parents. From there the book proceeds backward in time, until eventually we’re at the day when the suicide happens. This is a pretty bold move on Ng’s part—to give us all this information up front, before we really care about anyone or know the import of Leila’s elopement. It seemed gimmicky to me at first, and I had my doubts that the gamble would pay off, but for me it did. I’d say Ng worked some kind of magic trick, but really it’s just plain old-fashioned good writing. I think this book would reward a second reading, particularly since I just realized I have no idea why it’s called Bone.
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Read information about the authorFae Myenne Ng (born December 2, 1956 in San Francisco) is an American novelist, and short story writer.
She is a first-generation Chinese American author whose debut novel Bone told the story of three Chinese American daughters growing up in her real childhood hometown of San Francisco Chinatown. Her work has received support from the American Academy of Arts & Letters' Rome Prize, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and The Radcliffe Institute. She held residencies at Yaddo, McDowell, and the Djerassi Foundation.
She is the daughter of seamstress and a laborer, who immigrated from Guangzhou, China. She attended the University of California-Berkeley, and received her M.F.A. at Columbia University. Ng has supported herself by working as a waitress and at other temporary jobs.
Her short stories have appeared in the American Voice, Calys, City Lights Review, Crescent Review, Harper's. She currently teaches at UC Berkeley.
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