By Amy Tan
“A rollicking, adventure-filled tale . . . packed [with] the human means for love.”
“A fantastically accomplished, good-hearted farce that's half romance and half secret . . . With Tan’s many abilities on demonstrate, it’s her idiosyncratic wit and sly observations . . . that make this ebook natural pleasure.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco artwork client Bibi Chen has deliberate a trip of the senses alongside the famed Burma highway for 11 fortunate buddies. yet after her mysterious dying, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch because the tourists veer off her itinerary and embark on a path paved with cultural gaffes and tribal curses, Buddhist illusions and romantic wishes. On Christmas morning, the travelers cruise throughout a misty lake and disappear.
With picaresque characters and enchanting imagery, Saving Fish from Drowning supplies us a voice as idiosyncratic, sharp, and affectionate because the moms of the enjoyment success membership. Bibi is the observant eye of human nature–the witness of excellent intentions and undesirable results, of determined souls and people who desire to keep them. in spite of everything, Tan takes her readers to that position of their personal middle the place wish is found.
“Amy Tan is between our nice storytellers.”
–The manhattan occasions booklet Review
“Amy Tan has created a virtually magical event that, web page through web page, turns into a metaphor for human relationships.”
“With humor, ruthlessness, and wild mind's eye, Tan has reaped [a] marvelous story of human longings and (of path) their consequences.”
“A booklet that’s effortless to learn and difficult to forget.”
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