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The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
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bookshelves: new-to-you-authors-2015, 2015-challenge-books

Pearl Brandt's relationship with her mother is a difficult one; she deplores her mother Winnie's petty criticisms, her bossiness, her superstitious rituals to ward off bad luck, and her negative outlook, so naturally, she is reluctant to tell her mother about her diagnosis of MS. But when her Aunt Helen believes she is dying from a brain tumor, she insists that Pearl tell her mother the truth about her illness, and Helen also pressures Winnie into telling her daughter the truth about her past.

Thus begins Winnie's story as a young girl growing up in China, then entering an abusive marriage, suffering the loss of three babies, and living through the horrors and privations of World War 2. We learn how she met Pearl's father and how she came to live in America shortly after the war, where she builds a new life while concealing her past.

This was a mesmerizing story about the relationships between friends, and mothers and daughters, a life in prewar and wartime China. It starts out a little slow at first, but once the story of Winnie's past begins to unfold, it is a hard book to put down.
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Reading Progress

August 12, 2015 – Started Reading
August 12, 2015 – Shelved
August 12, 2015 – Shelved as: new-to-you-authors-2015
August 12, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015-challenge-books
August 14, 2015 –
page 98
August 15, 2015 –
page 146
August 16, 2015 –
page 164
August 17, 2015 –
page 190
August 19, 2015 –
page 218
August 20, 2015 –
page 270
August 21, 2015 –
page 347
August 21, 2015 – Finished Reading

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