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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In this profoundly moving novel, Fae Myenne Ng takes readers into the hidden heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, to a world of family secrets, hidden shames, and the lost bones of a “paper father. 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.

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. Mah feels responsible, too: The story is so personal and immediate. Dec 30, Julie Ehlers rated it liked it Shelves: And while I favor character-driven fiction over plot-driven, the characters do have to drive something.

Bone lays out every important event in the first chapter and then moves backwards in time from there. However, this is not a book about suicides and the existential questions posed by them.

I liked it very much.

By Chinese standards, that wasn’t lucky. What’s life like when the dreams don’t all come true?

So there is some character development that is observed later in the novel. But Mah and Leon are rebels against their own choices as well. Deep and powerful metaphors and the language is so regal. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. That is not a spoiler- that fact literally hits you in the face on the first page, in the first sentence. Overall, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it was a short story.


I often seek out books which look at families of multigenerational Chinese Americans.

BONE by Fae Myenne Ng | Kirkus Reviews

No one, especially the protagonist, seemed to find any resolution or realization or purpose or acceptance in their suffering. I was a medical intern, miles away when a sibling chose suicide, i too spent years dreaming of how i could surgically bring him back, sew his pieces back to life, faw catch his free fall – like this sister loving, flailing and completely without answers, dreams of reconstructing her afe loss. Hachette Books; Reprint edition May 13, Language: Jan 24, Betty rated it really liked it Shelves: Going back to China, only a bowl of bitterness to show for his life as a coolie.

Ng gives myene an intimate portrait of a family living in San Francisco’s Chinatown, capturing what, to this reader, feels like completely authentic portraits of various members of the family, the differences of gender and generation and their roles in a complex Chinese community, all handled with admirable economy.

I read it for a book club. A frustrating book bnoe moreso by the promise that seems to be wasted. She was, in that sense, a rebel against her family’s ways and means.

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What goes on inside the Chinese-American protagonists can approach a deranging displacement. I know people who, like Mah, struggle with questions about whether they are doing a good enough job as a mother. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

Was she depressed about This book introduced a Chinese family living in America and having to face a horrifying tragedy of a family member committing suicide. No trivia or quizzes yet. They shift abruptly from the emotional to the matter-of-fact with an effect that is sometimes comic fad often coolly illuminating. Mah and Leon, her mother and stepfather, are immigrants who have struggled all their lives to survive.


Mah sewed long hours in a Chinese sweatshop and, after hours, at home; more recently, she opened a modest Chinatown clothes shop. There was a problem adding your email address.

Preview — Bone by Fae Myenne Ng. A Gritty Story of Assimilation: Both sisters feel insufficient. We learn relatively little about her or, for that matter, afe her death. Overall, I found it an interesting story of love and loss and family. The piecing together of the story worked sometimes and confused me at others.

Her writing reframes the American dream, complicates it, and reflects more reality than the usual depictions. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 fwe 1. Dec 30, Catherine rated it really liked it.

Ostensibly, the title refers to a Chinese immigrant tradition of returning their bones to China for burial. As previously mentioned, there are many ways to like this book in spite of all its shortcomings. Review “An incantory first novel. Read reviews that mention san francisco fae myenne new york leong family asian american bad luck ona death chinese american bone by fae beautifully written committed suicide francisco chinatown american dream middle child grandpa leong bones back chinese immigrants story line oldest daughter salmon alley.

Be the first to discover new talent! Immigrating to America was a leap into peril; it meant two lifetimes of punishing labor and social humiliation. The novel tells myennne the struggle of the narrator, the eldest sister Leila, and her mother, stepfather and sister to deal with this death and the guilt they all feel.