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Her Mother's Voice

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Her Mother’s Voice is about the mother-daughter relationship and cultural conflicts. It is about a Chinese mother who is dying of cancer and her adult daughter, Emily. Emily consciously and unconsciously struggles with her Chinese identity due to her experiences of racism and alienation, growing up as a second generation Canadian in a mid-sized Ontario town. She struggles ...more
ebook, 198 pages
Published October 2013 by Anna Woo
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Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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One of my favourite things about Her Mother's Voice is how easy it was to settle in. Within the first few pages, I'd already felt as if I was in the familiarity of something I'd known for a lifetime. Anna Woo has a way of writing that is graceful, honest, and raw while keeping a steady flow making it slightly addictive. Her Mother's Voice is a poignant story of a Chinese daughter's (Emily) struggle to be the person she wants to be over the one her Chinese mother expects her to be. To add fuel to ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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What I liked most of all about “Her Mother’s Voice” is that it felt authentic. Having grown up with many friends who struggled balancing cultural heritage with what was “normal”, I related to Emily and her insecurities. Despite the self-doubt, Emily still shows strength through her tug-of-war and conflicted relationship with her mother. She still yearns to show the love they have for each other before time runs out.

I enjoyed it and will be very interested to see future novels by Anna Woo!

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Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel strikes close to my heart, as a second generation Chinese constantly battling with the cultural gap between my adopted world and that of my ancestral world, and the universal message that we truly are the sum of all things that make us who we are. Anna Woo has crafted a beautifully poignant tale.
Naomi Zener
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mother-daughter relationships are always rife with struggle, but add in end of life issues and cultural divides, it becomes more pronounced. Her Mother's Voice gives a fly-on-the-wall perspective into this intricate relationship and delicate balance maintained throughout.
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