The Bonesetter's Daughter

by Amy Tan (Author)

The Bonesetter's Daughter
Reading Level: 9th − 12th Grade
“The Bonesetter’s Daughter dramatically chronicles the tortured, devoted relationship between LuLing Young and her daughter Ruth. . . . A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery.”
–Los Angeles Times

“TAN AT HER BEST . . . Rich and hauntingly forlorn . . . The writing is so exacting and unique in its detail.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“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

“AMY TAN [HAS] DONE IT AGAIN. . . . The Bonesetter’s Daughter tells a compelling tale of family relationships; it layers and stirs themes of secrets, ambiguous meanings, cultural complexity and self-identity; and it resonates with metaphor and symbol.”
–The Denver Post
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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

"POIGNANT AND BITTERSWEET . . . A STORY OF SECRETS AND REVELATION, ESTRANGEMENT AND RECONCILIATION."
-Rocky Mountain News
Amy Tan
Amy Tan wrote her first published essay, "What the Library Means to Me," at age eight. She has since become the author of two highly praised works of fiction: The Joy Luck Club, which was chosen by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults; and The Kitchen God's Wife, named a 1991 Booklist Editors' Choice. Her recent essay, "Mother Tongue," was included in the 1991 edition of Best American Essays. Prior to writing fiction, Ms. Tan worked as a language development consultant to programs serving developmentally disabled children. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Lou DeMattei.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780804114981
Lexile Measure
800
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Ballantine Books
Publication date
January 20, 2002
Series
-
BISAC categories
FIC019000 - Fiction | Literary
FIC044000 - Fiction | Women
FIC008000 - Fiction | Sagas
Library of Congress categories
Women
Mothers and daughters
China
Domestic fiction
Chinese American families
Women immigrants
Chinese American women

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