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Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
An elderly Chinese woman looks back on her life in the 19th century.

Very interesting look into the life of Chinese women in the 19th century. I really felt transported to a different time and place.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Little Bee: A Novel

Beautifully written, from the perspective of two female characters. The male author pulls this off pretty well (more so in the first half; less so in the latter half). More brutal than I was expecting. Some plot twists that were not convincing. Lame ending. Loved the first half; starting losing me toward the end. Still, worth the read if for no other reason than to increase awareness about the absurd treatment given to detained illegal aliens.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Shanghai Girls

I found the story of the narrator and her sister interesting from a historical point of view, although graphic and generally unpleasant. In the telling of their story, one is definitely left with a vivid picture of what life was like for Chinese immigrants to the US in the 1940-50s. I did feel as though the author were trying to include every anecdote she came across in her research for the book. I also hated the ending which leaves much unresolved. Is Ms. See planning a sequel for this story?

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Graphic
The Girl Who Played with Fire

While a very fun read, this book has a number of flaws; both in terms of plot and character development. Our club didn't think that the author really "gets" women. Still, I'll probably read the third installment just to see what happens next to the main character.

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