“A great read! The mother-daughter relationships spanning over three generations was done so authentically it is hard to believe that Amy Tan was not there herself in each generation living those lives in all the different scenes/eras of the book.
"Things I must not forget" - is the first line of some Chinese writings which her mother handed to her and which she managed to translate.
Her mother, Luling, was in the early stages of Alzheimers, which forced Ruth (or Lootie as her mother pronounced her name), to finally get someone to translate the rest of the papers. Ruth had a need to understand her mother's behaviour and thoughts better.
The book often had too many 'page-filler' detail in. You know, those paragraphs and paragraphs of words, which the reader has to skip here and there to continue the story, but it was written so beautifully, and so detailed, with so much suspense, that I just couldn't put it down.
After discovering her mother and grandmother's remarkable life stories hidden in the old Laz-y-Boy chair, Ruth could finally understand herself better, although it was unintended. But she first had to relive two other lives through her mother's meticulous writings to reach a point where she connect all the dots in her own personal relationship-issues with the people around her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent read. Amy Tan is not one of those authors who can be put down easily. And to really enjoy her writing style the most, one must make time to sit back and start one of her stories and stay with it right through to the end. It is worth it.