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Smoke Paper Mirrors by Anna Tambour
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Apr 01, 2017

it was amazing

SMOKE PAPER absolutely wonderful.
The unfolding of lives and stories through the careening history of China in the 20th Century and the moments granted to several generations of extraordinary people are rendered with tenderness, sorrow, humor and ferocity. These are stories of love, friendship and unceasing transformation, literally, perhaps, the story of an all consuming caterpillar- being and its all encompassing unfolding.
The whole thing has a lightness and then such shadows which leave a not quite graspable, but profound tracery.
It's just great and should somehow be a best-seller.

Here's a tiny sample chosen at random:
"When he was four or five, he once asked his mother, "Where does time go?" His father would have been angry at such a nonsense question. His mother said,"Round and round."
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Reading Progress

March 29, 2017 – Started Reading
April 1, 2017 – Shelved
April 1, 2017 – Finished Reading

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