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Publisher's Summary

Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.

The story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enables us to recover in memory what we have lost in grief. Over the course of one fog-shrouded year, between one season of falling stars and the next, mother and daughter find what they share in their bones through heredity, history, and inexpressible qualities of love.

©2001 Amy Tan (P)2005 Phoenix Audio. All Rights Reserved.

Critic Reviews

"In the end, it's the novel's depth of feeling that resonates and lingers. Tan writes with real soul." (Washington Post Book World) "Storytelling in its oldest and truest form." (AudioFile)

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A glimpse of the past and the sandwich generation

Since I am a health care professional specializing in geriatrics, I was particularly intrigued by the caregiving aspect of this novel, intertwined with another interest, family history. A recent trip to China and having read other books about China in preparation for the trip meant that I made many connections in my mind while listening to this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the two parallel stories and the resolution of the missing name. I do want to know which reader was Amy Tan!!

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  • Tonya
  • La Mesa, CA, United States
  • 12-07-08

A little bland and a little sad

Although the main narrator does an excellent job with the Asian accents, the rest of her narration is very monotone, dull and lacking a sharpness that's necessary when telling a story. The story itself is a little dull as well. I think it would be a better read than it is a listen.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Julesburg, CO, United States
  • 03-30-08

Another winner

I enjoy Amy Tan's work because she is not only a terrific storyteller, but a master of the craft of writing. This book is fascinating and Ms. Tan's cool voice adds to the enjoyment of listening to it. It kept my attention all across Iowa and Nebraska.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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loved it

Not being asian it is always a treat to get insight in the the traditions and history of another culture from an authentic storyteller. And it brings it full circle when we can make the ass0ociation that as much as we are different, there we are, just human with the same issues good and bad. I always enjoy amy tan's work.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 04-18-07

Mediocre

I have read many Asian inspired novels, and this one hardly measures up to the standard I'm accustomed to receiving. Since Joy Luck Club, I have not been attracted to Amy Tan's writings because they seem to end up the same way...old world meets new world. I thought this one might be different based on the story line, and although I liked a few of the characters, it ended up the same as the others - present day back to the past and back to the present again. The bone collecting portions of the narration are a little confusing at times, and I didn't have the patience with the writer who appears to assume the audience is constantly up to speed on this kind of tradition. Needless to say, the listen didn't keep me captivated enough to want to go back and review some of the puzzling rituals for clarity. There are much better books available for the money.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful