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Weaves the stories of 4 women living in 2 different times: Wu Lan, a modern-day lesbian living in Canada, who is studying the lives of Chinese prostitutes; her mother, a recent widow; and 2 prostitutes living in Singapore at the turn of the 20th century.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Kensington (first published January 2000)
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Keith wilson
this book started off slow but as you continue to read you go into the lives of 4 asian women at different times in history. they speak on love, death, and there experiences. theses experience are put together in a way to make a unique story of love, loss, and friendship.
Joanna Eng
There are lots of mediocre books with lesbian characters. This one is actually good and gave me a lot to think about regarding depression, family, and oppression. It's also a fascinating perspective on Singapore and Vancouver. Read it!
The basic premise was OK, but I couldn't connect with the main character. Also, I want to know how 2 illiterate women wrote the journals in 1906 that the main character was reading as research.
An interesting discussion on depression.
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“Better to forget, better to let go of the bitterness. I say bitterness is only good in medicine, or if you fry bitter gourd with egg, then it's dlicious. I told Lan-Lan many times, we have only one life, it's important to kua kwee, to look spaciously. Not keep the eyes so narrowed down to the small dispairs.
Those people who say forgive and forget, I say they not right. Not so simple. I say, find right medicine. Bitterness must be just right for problem. Then swallow it, think of good things can do when no longer sick.”
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