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The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger
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Apr 24, 07

Read in April, 2007

I would like to give this book 3.7 stars :)

I really liked this novel, partially because the plot is not easily summarized at all (as I realized by trying to begin this review with a summary). Here's an attempt: The story focuses on a Chinese artist/political dissident who comes to California on a fellowship to teach art/work on his own art. He says with a well off family, who is not without their own problems and drama. Some chapters are told first-person by the Chinese "dissident" (I cannot supply the name because this is part of the very confusion of the story), both looking back at his adolesence in China and narrating the present in California. Some are told third person but with a focus on the perspective of Cece, the wife/mother of the California family. Some are told third person but with a focus on the perspective of Phil, Cece's brother in law (and more wink wink). I really liked this set-up. The writing was great - the book just flowed and flowed and before I knew it, I was done. I would definitely recommend.
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