The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

() This book was not all that spell-binding, however I suppose the New York Times Best Sellers List says otherwise. The story starts off incredibly slow with a main half-Asian and half-Caucasian speaker. She reminisces between tales of her current marriage woes, her weird family life, and her even weirder adopted-but-half-blood-related Chinese sister. The sister tells many tales from “past lives” that are also written in first person throughout the book. They are somewhat illogical and tragic, but also linked with the present and future. The sister, Kwan, also claims to have “Yin” eyes, which can see ghosts of the dead. And even more perplexing is that many of the stories seem to be backed by evidence.
The book can be a little confusing, and it is incredibly slow until 3/4ths into the book. When it finally gets interesting is when Kwan, the main character, and her sort-of-ex-hubby go on a trip to China together to fulfill a prior commitment. Things go awry and the real plot starts to take place. It’s not horrible; it’s one of those books that would make a fantastic movie, but I would not recommend it as a leisurely read.


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