Tag: family relationships

Review of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I was happily surprised to find this second book by Celeste Ng every bit as good as her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You.  There are two key similarities between these two books, although the books are quite different.  The first is conceptual.  Ng takes a close look at a family that, on the…

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

I recommend this short but moving first novel by Rachel Khong about a woman caring for her father with Alzheimer’s.  This is a prospect I find absolutely terrifying, whether for my parents and for myself.  It seems to me that almost any physical ailment would be less scary than gradually losing one’s mind, knowing that…

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

This is a really thoughtful, moving novel about a Chinese family that is torn apart in the United States.  Peilan grows up in China in a small village but dreams of exploring the world, so she travels to New York for factory work at better wages.  She has Deming while still very young herself, and…

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

I’ve seen mixed reviews of this book, but I really liked it.  Chang gives us a screwed-up family on a road trip, but she makes their story sympathetic, clever and at times funny.  I’ve seen this book described as hilarious, and I can’t say it reached that level for me, but then I’m not Chinese so…

Road Ends by Mary Lawson

Mary Lawson is a writer most of you haven’t read, but you should.  Her books are wonderful.  She writes about families, small towns, and the powerful force of family responsibilities and obligations. Road Ends is about a family in a very small town, Struan, Ontario.  This is a town where everything shuts down most of…