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White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway
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Sep 14, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: asia, fiction

I loved Alice Greenway's lush description of childhood in Hong Kong; I could feel the weather, see the landscape, and smell the cooking. But the story about the out of control older sister Frankie told by the younger, well-behaved sister Kate I just didn't care for. I could not understand how two girls could be allowed to grow up so wildly unprotected. My own little brother and sister attended the American School in Tokyo, so I know how wild little white kids can be overseas, and I know how locals have a hard time policing them, and I get that the White Ghost Girls' father is away photographing the Vietnam War and their mom is a delicate flower busy painting and whatnot, but JEEZ! There are household staff members, there are family friends and neighbors and hangers on, and I just think somebody could have paid a little attention to the disaster waiting to happen.

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