Mining the Depths

I'll read almost anything and love what captures my imagination. Best of all is responding to books in the larger cultural sense, loving or loathsome. Literature should have a place in the wider world.

 

And I'm another GoodReads refugee. 

World and Town - Gish Jen Really, ultimately disappointing. The interludes from other characters just served as a distraction: really the story is all Hattie's. And I'm not entirely shure what Jen is trying for with this novel. I liked the part where Hattie is trying to cope with her current life and her Chinese heritage, and how to answer her relatives still in China who feel they need the bones of her parents. I also liked how she felt about her history with her husband Joe. But Carter, who was the 'first love' and apparently the 'true love' of her life. Well, first of all she seems to accept that he has anything at all to say about how she lived her life, that it wasn't worthy or as good as it should have been. Rather disappointed that she ended up with him, but she accepted it.

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