Since I read a lot of fantasy and futuristic stories, I fully expected to love this book. The story is based in a futuristic Baltimore, where Chinese immigrants were brought in to form a new social order and push out the “natives.” It is beautifully written with an exceptional use of language (I needed my dictionary more than once). The story is very compelling once it begins to grab you, and I can see that it would translate very well into a movie. However, it took a huge amount of effort on my part to really get into the story. It was slow to start and uses an awkward third person perspective to tell the tale. The author expects the reader to work for the reward of a very unexpected ending. If you are looking for a challenge this one’s for you!
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Take a moment today to learn about heart disease and women. According to the American Heart Association “More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined… Heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood.” Find out the facts at https://www.goredforwomen.org/ for yourself and the women you love.
Soup may be the #1 food served during the winter season. What better meal than soup to enjoy on a cold February day. If you’re looking for a new and exciting soup recipe or just a variation of an old standby, come visit the library to check out our extraordinay collection of cookbooks. You’ll find them in the 600 section of our New Books, Non-Fiction and Oversize Non-Fiction books.
JJML and Canio’s Cultural Café will present “The 23rd National African American Read-In” on Sunday, February 9th at 3:00 p.m. This annual event is organized by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers (NCTE) and the NCTE. Selections will be read from books, poems, speeches “(anything) authored by African Americans.” You may choose to read or just sit back, relax and enjoy the readings which also may include original works. We look forward to seeing you there. … at John Jermain’s interim location: 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, NY at 3:00 pm. Registration recommended but not required. (Call 631-725-0049 ext. 0 to register.) Light refreshments will be served.
The Ghost Bride is set in Malaya, a British occupied trading town. Lin Lan is the only daughter in a Chinese family that is experiencing the misfortune of a declining business and growing debt. She has few prospects for marriage and the rich Lim family is offering her a marriage to their deceased son, as a ghost bride. He begins haunting her dreams, leading her on a supernatural quest to unravel the secrets that have been hidden by his family. Before reading the story, I expected a more in-depth and detailed historical viewpoint about Chinese customs. Instead, the story unexpectedly focused more on the religious and superstitious, exploring the realms of the afterlife. The Ghost Bride had the tone of a fantasy more than historical fiction.
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