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The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan - the Book for 4th November

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This is a major novel from the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author of ‘The Joy Luck Club’.

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.

'Compelling! ...... a romantic and intriguing tale. LuLing is a classic Tan character, a resilient survivor who, like Olivia in "The Hundred Secret Senses", betrays someone close to her with dire consequences.' Times Literary Supplement

'She is a dazzling storyteller, equally adroit at negotiating the pitfalls of Ruth's freewheeling partnership with Art and recreating traditional family life in rural China, with its superstition, ritual and social hierarchies. ' Literary Review

'She tells great stories with powerful themes: love, belonging, exile, death, compassion. She moves easily between pathos, comedy and joy. She never shows off -- the technique is so perfect it is invisible. She is that rare, enviable creature, a literary novelist who writes bestsellers. ' Scotland on Sunday

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