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Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann
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Jul 16, 2010

it was amazing

I'm not sure what I can say to do this novel justice, except to say Ellie Cooper is my kind of girl. Smart, brave, irreverent and funny, yet somehow, directionless and definitely, all too human. She's an American expat in China, previously wounded in the Iraq war, now abandoned by her husband who leaves her for a Chinese woman. When her friend/lover Lao Zhang, an artist, disappears under somewhat mysterious circumstances, Ellie finds herself in trouble with both the American and the Chinese government (they want to know where Lao is) and as they pursue her through China, she learns to stand up for herself, ultimately finding the answer to what she should do next with her life (there is more than a little pain, both emotional and physical, involved). Brackmann weaves Ellie's troubled past in the Iraq war with her present in China and makes both experiences come brilliantly alive. An excellent novel!
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