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The Bonesetter's Daughter

by Amy Tan

The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan X
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
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    Feb 2001, 400 pages

    Jan 2002, 416 pages


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This was a very good book! I could not put it down!
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Cathryn Conroy

A Story About the Power of Family, Tradition and Love
This story effortlessly and fluidly jumps from the present to the past and back again, as well as from San Francisco to China and back again as accomplished author Amy Tan tells the tale of three generations of Chinese women: Precious Auntie, LuLing and Ruth.

LuLing, who is well into her 80s, is showing signs of Alzheimer's disease, and while Ruth takes care of her mother--and relives much of her own hurtful childhood--she finds extensive writings her mother has done. It's a memoir of her mother's life growing up in China.

This book is filled with secrets, mysteries, superstitions and curses that one by one are resolved or put to rest. But it is also a story about the power of family, tradition and love that stretches between generations.
Sierra Marsh

My thoughts about this book.
I had to read this book for summer homework for Honors English 10 and I thought because a teacher picked the book that it was going to be boring and that I wouldn't like it but I do. It was a good book but if my grade for the first 4 weeks of school in this class weren't depending on reading this book, I probably wouldn't have read this book.

Nice book but it's not excellent!
Amy Tan's a good writer. Actually I only read the book because I was assigned to, by school but I liked most of it. The characters and situations were very interesting and it takes maturity to appriciate most of the emotions displayed in this book. I liked this book, although it had a slow beginging.Because of the begining,it's not excellent.

The Bonesetters Daughter rocks!!!

I'm 17 years old and as a school project, I was asked to read this novel. Overall, it's a good book. There is no doubt that she did successful job in painting the characters' emotions. The plot is also interesting and original. However, I can't help but compare this novel to her other works and I noticed that the Bonesetter's Daughter is re-using a lot of old materials. Other than that, everything else is excellent. The way the story is narrated makes it all the more intriguing. The beginning is a tad slow though.
rachel de

very groovi book, could be inmproved, but only slightly. not the best book ive read, but still, fab!

It was a good book. I enjoyed reading it.

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