Swimming Back to Trout River
If you enjoyed Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist), then you’ll love Swimming Back to Trout River.
“This was a gorgeously written book. I feel like the blurb doesn't do it justice but then again, this book tackles things on so many different levels it's hard to quantify. Basically, we have a interconnected cast of characters that are imperfect and suffering: a young girl born without the bottom half of her legs grow ups with her grandparents because her parents went to America to find a better life, a man who discovered a love of music thanks to a chance encounter at university, a woman who has deep regrets and grievances from her past follows her husband to America but decides to forge her own way, and another woman who's intense love and talent for music is crushed by her home country and finds a new life somewhere else. It's set against China's Cultural Revolution, when all foreign cultural influences were banned and destroyed and people previously associated with those influences alienated, chastised, or killed. Feng is a beautiful writer. I especially loved her language about music and what the different rhythms and notes mean to different people. Also, having learned about the Cultural Revolution but having never read fiction set during it, it was terrifying to witness the destruction through eyes of artists and citizens. I was super enthralled by the whole book from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes literary fiction with strong historical context, it would be great for those that enjoyed Pachinko, Girl, Woman, Other, and Homegoing.”Kimi, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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