Links for the East Side Readers' discussion.
In her new novel, Amy Tan sets a group of tourists off to Burma accompanied, in spirit, by a friend and guide named Bibi Chen -- who mysteriously dies before the start of the trip. While Chen mirrors other characters of Tan's previous novels,Saving Fish From Drowning marks a departure from Tan's stories of close-knit Chinese-American families. Lynn Neary talked with Tan about her new direction.


CK said...

Saving Fish From Drowning was different from any of the other books I have read by Amy Tan. I felt that she was making a political condemnation about the treatment of the Myanmar people.

VA said...

I had a hard time with the book, but as I finished with it, I spent quite a bit of time on the Q&A section with the author at the end. It opened my eyes to a lot of things in the book and then the members' comments kind of brought it all together for me. It was nice because anyone who was there had a positive outlook on it instead of "I didn't like this book" and then just sit through the meeting.