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The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan      Conley
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Mar 20, 11

bookshelves: motherhood-parenting-family, memoirs
Read from March 16 to 20, 2011

The author's husband has long been fascinated with China, and speaks fluent Mandarin. When he is offered a two-year stint in Beijing as part of his job, they decide to relocate from Maine with their two young boys ages 4 and 6. She does a wonderful job conveying the cultural confusion she experiences in little day to day moments. Her evocations of this foreign city and country stayed with me long after I put the book down. As if this was not enough to turn her life up-side-down, she discovers lumps in her breasts that turn out to be breast cancer at the age of forty. She ties the two stories of navigating these life-changing experiences into a larger tapestry that I found both vivid and moving.
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