Lisa See Book Club Picks
PBR Review: This book is set during China’s Great Leap Forward, a period of devastating famine caused by the Government’s mandate of collectivization of agriculture. Far from the promise of plentitude, there is widespread starvation. See pr More


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Talking Points: Because this book explores Communist China in the late 50's and has as its main characters a young headstrong woman and her mother, it's a great book club selection. During this period of social revolution many atrocities took place. How does something of this magnitude begin and progress. See does give some answers but many deeper issues of inhumanity remain unanswered. She does not hold back in depicting the brainwashing and propaganda that deluded the people. This is also a story of the unconditional love a mother has for her child.
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PBR Review: A must read for historical fiction enthusiasts. This amazing story showcases the harshness and the opposing joy and happiness of tradition. When I read about cruel, senseless, customs such as those depicted in this story, I can’ More


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Talking Points: The story is about change, and the struggle to move forward and accept modern ways. There is also a beautiful and strong mother daughter bond as well as threads of betrayal, greed and fighting internal demons. One part of the book focuses on giving up a baby for adoption and the impact this has on both sides of the adoption. The story also shows the harshness of irrational customs and the difficulty minority cultures face.
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