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T.R.’s average rating for 2019
Quirky, inventive, and playful, this novel makes for an enjoyable read. Mountains and glaciers, faultlines and forests, giant centipedes and dead goats, living people at the verge of death and dead people brought to life as ghosts, this book has it all. Yet, there is something slightly off--and only very slightly at that--places where the lyricism stumbles, or the cadence of her writing is interrupted oddly by narrative breaks. And the landscapes ...more
Part memoir, part quest for self, family, and nature in Taiwan, this is a gentle book with a gentle narrative voice that carries the reader along on a very personal journey. I like it for its simplicity and clarity, and its evocation of Taiwan and her family that is both personal and yet placed neatly within the great sprawl of the island's history and geography. ...more