“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”
Number of Pages: 338.
This book is about several intersecting families as they explore passions, motherhood, culture, and how those things interact. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This book was one of the best books I have read in a while. I have been dropping a lot of books lately after a few chapters because I just couldn’t get swept away. This book hooked me from beginning to end. I even gave it my Best Book Award!
I love Ng’s ability to develop so many characters at one time. She is able to slow down the story and really show us glimpses into who each character is. It creates a really dynamic story with a variety of complex characters.
I also loved the subplots relating to fertility and motherhood. We had almost every representation of pathways (or non-pathways) to motherhood: adoption, surrogacy, infertility, abortion, pregnancy, etc. I think it tackled a lot of good ethical questions about culture and motherhood (even though I am still not sure where I stand or what the correct answers are).
I liked this book a lot better than Ng’s first book, Everything I Never Told You. It is a very fascinating story and I invite everyone to read it! It is a great choice for a book club. My group had an amazing discussion about this. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.”
Read my review of Ng’s first book, Everything I Never Told You.