I don't read that much romance, but I'm aiming to read more. This is a short, light, fun read that I read on the train to/from Glasgow. Fiona's voiceI don't read that much romance, but I'm aiming to read more. This is a short, light, fun read that I read on the train to/from Glasgow. Fiona's voice is sweetly funny and I enjoyed it a lot. Like a romcom in book form. ...more
Read this book (and the first installment, Second Position) if you like the following:
- Center Stage or any of the other ballet films (I grew up on thRead this book (and the first installment, Second Position) if you like the following:
- Center Stage or any of the other ballet films (I grew up on those) - Believable romance. First one is a second chance at love after a tragedy, and this one focuses on the challenge of continued romance, even if you never doubt the other person's love. In any relationship, new obstacles arise, and Zed and Aly show that realistically. Nothing ever feels forced. - Very good depiction of mental and physical disability. Aly has anxiety and is in recovery for an eating disorder. Zed lost a leg in an accident and is an alcoholic. They each need support from the other in different ways. - You like to cry happy tears at the cuteness.
I'll read anything Katherine Locke writes. She's on my insta-buy list. ...more
I devoured this book in one sitting when I was getting over an illness. It was the perfect book for it. Rachel DeWoskin moved to Beijing afBackground:
I devoured this book in one sitting when I was getting over an illness. It was the perfect book for it. Rachel DeWoskin moved to Beijing after studying at Columbia University and worked in PR before starring in a popular Chinese soap opera. Her years of experience in Chinese culture served her extremely well in this novel.
Novel description from BookList: "Cultures don’t so much collide as coalesce in DeWoskin’s sparkling debut novel, which follows the relationship of two people with more in common than their backgrounds would suggest. Aysha Silvermintz is a marginally neurotic, sublimely needy young instructor of English to immigrants in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Her student Da Ge is an intriguingly taciturn, softly menacing Chinese national who came to the U.S. in the wake of the Tiananmen Square uprisings. What they lack in fluid communication skills they more than make up for in shared emotional fragility, born of family tragedies and personal failures. Aysha falls instantly and secretly in love with Da Ge, long before he bluntly asks her to marry him so he can become a U.S. citizen.Determined to understand what plagued this tortured, enigmatic man, Aysha moves to China, where she’ll raise the daughter he never knew. Infusing her multicultural narrative with vibrant observations that glitter with laser-intense acuity, DeWoskin demonstrates a smart, sophisticated literary agility.
I was writing a synopsis, but BookList did a wonderful job summing up the main points of the novel, though I deleted the sentence that gives away the heavily foreshadowed ending. Repeat After Me is nicely written and has beautiful, moving moments as well as adorably funny moments with the students fledgeling English. It shows the lives of immigrants in the late eighties of New York and the difficulties they face trying to be American. I learned a lot about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which I was rather woefully ignorant of before. DeWoskin has wonderful descriptions of people and at the end of the novel, though it ends on a positive note, I sniffled. Characters are fairly complicated and I enjoyed the voice of Aysha and her story.
This novel would appeal to people of a variety of age groups and anyone interested in different cultures and the struggles of immigration and being an expatriate. It's rare I have the attention span to read a book in one sitting these days, and so this is definitely recommended to someone who is ill and needs to escape for a few hours. I liked her writing style enough that I plan to pick up her memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing....more