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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She sets up the mystery of why Ona jumped and then gives us nothing to go on. I gave the book 3. This was a really haunting book, in that it was centered around the loss of a family member, and explored how that loss both fractured and strengthened the bonds between the family members. It didn’t exite in the really life. Bone Fae Myenne Ng Limited preview – One of the reasons I loved this book is because I knew so well the setting in which the events unfolded- I know the Chinatown crowds, the Chinatown congestion, the Chinatown traffic, the weird Chinatown mix of rivalry and schadenfreude mixed with mutual support and solidarity that is typical of any group of people who share common roots and find themselves displaced together in a foreign land, competing with and leaning on each other, everyone trying to do their best, hopeful and yet cynical about the American dream.

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A book where nothing happens isn’t worth the time. Sep 12, Tova Krakauer rated it really liked it. The storyline is interesting. Please try again later. It meant that their children could live with more choices–and with burdens of guilt and cultural confusion.

Fae Myenne Ng Comments: I found this of interest as it gave me insight into the life of people in San Francisco’s Chinatown, not far from where I live. A profoundly moving journey into San Francisco’s Chinatown that is “brutal and poignant, dreamy and gritty, specific to its place and resonant in its implication about what it means to be an American.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Fae Myenne Ng’s portraits of the everyday heroism of the Leongs–who inflict deep hurt on each other in their struggles to survive, yet sustain one another with loyalty and love–have made Bone one of the most critically acclaimed novels of recent years and immediately a classic of contemporary American life.


Exposed again, this family’s wound is raw and toxic, but “Bone” is more than a novel about one young woman’s suicide; it is a study of three sisters and especially of their parents, who have worked themselves to the bone to survive. Deep and powerful metaphors and the language is so regal. Set in San Francisco, Bone is a tale of strained relations between Chinese immigrant parents and their Chinese-American offspring three sisters, one of whom, Leila, is our narrator.

These are the questions that Ng seeks to answer. She attended the University of California-Berkeley, and received her M. The well-observed descriptions of life in San Fran’s Chinatown are probably the best part about this book, but I think those detailed descriptive passages would feel more at home in a journalistic context than a novel. Ng] is blessed with a poet’s gift for metaphor and a reporter’s eye for detail.

Published December 3rd by Harpperen first published January 1st Ng blows her hand by telling us everything in the first few pages; then, when the entire 2nd half of the book is flashback, there’s nothing new to learn.

It did not really have a plot, which was fine because it was short. It is only by coming to terms with the past that the members of this family can realize the truth of what Mah’s friends had told her when she returned for a visit to Hong Kong: Though at times I zoned out a bit, especially when reading detailed descriptions of minor events, I almost felt like the author did this on purpose to give me, as a reader This was a really haunting book, in that it was centered around the loss of a family member, and explored how that loss both fractured and strengthened the bonds between the family members.

In different ways and to different degrees, we find in the fiction of Amy Tan, Gish Jen and David Wong Louie something much graver than simply a wry, a difficult or even painful adjustment. There are stories in which the setting takes on a life of its own, where the city becomes a character in the plot as real as any of the human beings inhabiting it. Understanding the history of an Asian’s life in the United States during the early s to the late s, you would see why this book’s family is portrayed the way it was.


Both sisters feel insufficient. In Chinatown, everyone knew our story. I believe that the secrets we hold in our hearts are our anchors, that even the unspoken between us is a measure of our every promise to the living and to the dead. They shift abruptly from the emotional to the matter-of-fact with an effect that is sometimes comic and often coolly illuminating.

It seemed gimmicky to me at first, and I had my doubts that the gamble would pay off, but for me it did. Feb 18, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

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This is a beautifully written book. I know that in pain, pleasure still exists in the interstices.

The problems of making a living, keeping ties to the family are strongly portrayed. This novella is about a family in Chinatown, SF. The story is Excellent novel of a Chinese American family from the view myeenne the second generation first born daughter.

Ona is not really the focus. Leon takes odd jobs on ships, consistently changing his geographic location.

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It is a great book even it exaggerated a little because every family member in the Bone had “big problem”. I highly recommend this wonderful book.

I liked how the story moved about in time, but at the end there was a lot left myebne say, and apart from Leon, the characters weren’t as well developed as I would have liked. The story surrounds three daughters, a step-father, and a mynne. Write a customer review. Definitely a good story line! Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.