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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

By: Jamie Ford
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim,Mirai,Cindy Kay,Natalie Naudus,Sura Siu,Emily Woo Zeller,Nancy Wu,Jamie Ford
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

“One of the most beautiful books of motherhood and what we pass on to those that come after us.” —Jenna Bush Hager, Today

The New York Times bestselling author of the “mesmerizing and evocative” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations.

Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living.

As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her five-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has truly come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help.

Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.

As painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period. A stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Dorothy endeavors to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, to finally find peace for her daughter, and gain the love that has long been waiting, knowing she may pay the ultimate price.

©2022 Jamie Ford. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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You Won't Be Able to Put This Down

I have enjoyed all of Jamie Ford's books but this one is decidedly different in so many ways it is stories within a BIG story; it is a romance of sorts, it is speculative and extends from the mid-1800's into the future (2086). It features the intersecting lives of seven Chinese women, one who was real (Afong) and six who are imagined progeny. Folded into the stories that shift back and forth in time are related subjects as climate change, technology/social engineering, pandemics, religion, WWII, cultural exploitation, and thought modification. The reader cannot help but wonder how the lives of these 7 women are connected and how events of one generation will influence the events of another.

There are pearls of wisdom tucked into paragraphs that may cause you to pause and absorb. There are phrases of description that fill multiple senses as one reads. Tthere are moments that trigger a tear or two.. overall, it is an enjoyable story that prompts reflection.

I am intrigued by the depth of character that Mr. Ford had created in the seven women. He is able to get "into their respective heads" and at the same time develop distinctly different characters that are reflective of the period of time in which each lived.

This will make a great book club discussion. I look forward to seeing the TV series that has been optioned for production.

The Audio version of this so well done that I am ready to start all over again so I can fully appreciate Mr. Ford's prose. Don't miss his narrated notes at the end.


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You Are Not in Kansas, Dorothy

I listened to this novel, but decided it would have been easier to follow if I had it in print so that I could go back and remember who each of the Moy daughters were. I'm not a fan of science-fiction or fantasy, so this was not my favorite Jamie Ford book.

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Past present future

When you open a book and on the first page know you’re hooked, it’s good.

When you finish the last page and want to read everything that inspired it, it’s great.

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A Book you will be thinking about long after you’ve finished reading it.

This book was so well done. I’m still thinking about it. Look forward to his NEXT book!

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Jumping

Was ready to stop listening because I was too tired of the jumping around from character to character! However, I persevered and was happy the story line concluded! Not a must read, and won’t be recommending it to my friends! Sorry!

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Beautiful Story

Mr. Ford does a beautiful job once again. Heart wrenching yet mind provoking. Would make a great movie!

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I wanted to like this more

The book was confusing and didn’t all tie back together. Disappointed. Too many skips in time. I also did not like the Future portions of the book.

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Very deep book

This book while confusing at first, made me think. It was extremely interesting. Not my usual read

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Engrossing!

This book is so complex, multi-layered, well written and engrossing 😘. My book group just finished it.

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It’s very slow

So hard to finish, I wish I could get my money back. I’m not enjoying it at all.