Complete summary of Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Bone. in Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone. Allen Gee. Georgia College & State University. Bone ( ) is Fae Myenne Ng’s first novel, set largely in San. Francisco’s Chinatown. Fae Myenne Ng’s “Bone” is in this tradition. Its story of an old San Francisco couple and their three grown children gives a sense of the wildness.

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There was also a confusing timeline, well, actually no timeline; so we never quite know where the characters stand with bpne other. I know the feel of the San Francisco fog when drive around the labyrinthine roads of Colma looking for a cemetery that may not exist. Bone by Fae Myenne Ng. Like all fiction of this sort, the blame and the wallowing in sorrow gets to be a little tedious, but just when she’s in danger of losing us, the novel ends on a wonderful life affirming note.

It is so beautifully written. Both sisters feel insufficient.

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I would highly recommend for everyone to read this book about family, love, and culture. Aug 22, Vampire Who Baked rated it really liked it Shelves: Pages with related products. The author included some very moving and raw parts that were extremely well written.

This is a book that stays with you for a long while, whether you liked reading it or not. She tells it as a series of vignettes that range back and forth between past and present. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The storyline is interesting. Harper Collins- Bome – pages.


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The story that everyone afe is how the middle sister, Ona, committed suicide by jumping off of the Nam, a local housing project officially named the Nam Ping Yuen. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Leila is a social worker in the Chinese community; Nina, the youngest, lives in New York and works as a tour guide for American groups visiting China.

The author has some lovely language, but mostly it is a day to day portrayal of people struggling mightily with understanding each other, why one daughter jumped off a building to her death, why the father, Leong, could not find a secure place in the economic order. He goes to sea or flees periodically to a downtown hostel, littering his room with half-finished repair projects and mooching around with his old Chinatown cronies.

As previously mentioned, there are many ways to like this book in spite of all its shortcomings. It did not really have a plot, which was fine because it was short.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Tragic things happen, although the book is not a tragedy, nor is it written in tragic tones. But Mah and Leon are rebels against their own choices as well. But these explanations, of course, prove unsatisfactory and the story unfolds almost like a mystery as Leila’s memory flashes back to reconstruct this family’s life and the chain of events that must somehow have lead Ona to that rooftop.

I know that in pain, pleasure still exists in the interstices. Our group had mixed feelings but I thought it well fxe reading.

At the start of the story, we are old that the middle child, Ona, committed suicide. Copyright Los Angeles Times.


This is true of San Francisco in this book, specifically Chinatown. I did not have an issue with this and rather saw the transition as a reflection on the current situation. Fae Myenne Ng’s “Bone” is in this tradition. A loving tribute to her own family, who she has said cannot read the novel due to their limited English, but she knows they are proud nonetheless.

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Amazing rendering of the inside life of San Francisco Chinatown and a Chinese immigrant family. I don’t mind books about the immigrant experience, there are a lot of lovely ones out far, but I want them to be surprising and beautiful, and the book lacked metaphor and shyed away from showing depth.

Jun 18, Tiffany Huang rated it liked it.

A History of Multicultural Americathis would be the perfect book to read. The edifice of tradition is more complex and redoubtable, and it collapses in dangerous shards. As a child she was Leon’s myenhe. Mah had married her first husband “to escape the war-torn villages” of China; when he abandoned her, she married Leon to escape disgrace; and, constrained by their parents’ immigrant traditions and suffocated by their fxe neediness, their three daughters seek their own forms of escape: His scores make his case.

This story is narrated backwards.