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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Her succinct descriptions of characters, events and locations paint a picture for readers, but at the same time, allow for readers to draw on their own personal experiences to help them understand what is myyenne place. 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, magically catch his free fall – like this sister loving, flailing and completely without answers, dreams of reconstructing her immeasurable loss.

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 myejne a family member, and explored how that loss both fractured and strengthened the bonds between the family members.

Start reading Bone on your Kindle in under a minute. The author included some very moving and raw parts that were extremely well written. Dec 30, Catherine rated it really liked it.

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Tragic things happen, although the book is not a tragedy, nor is it written in tragic tones. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Solicitous and impatient, guilty and pluckily inquisitive by turns, Leila reveals herself as well as her story. This historical fiction book is in a confusing order but it is mainly about the family dealing with the death of Ona, who jumped off the thirteenth floor while on drugs. The book’s strength and surprise, however, lie in its portraits of Mah and Leon.


If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Outsiders jerked their chins, looked at us, shook their heads. Bone Granta Top 20 Authors Under This fit the bill. Philip S This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [It plays with time, mostly centered around the ‘s up to 10 or 15 years later or so. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Showing of 50 reviews. The struggles of learning a new language, translating for parents limited English, finding jobs as immigrants and cultural practices all swirl around a tragic bon with the second daughter Ona. This family sustains the worst kind – the suicide of the middle daughter by jumping off a familiar building.

Fae Myenne Ng’s “Bone” is in this tradition.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Dec 01, Zoe rated it it was ok. I’d seen her break.

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 fea have lead Ona to that rooftop. This is the story of two generations in a Chinese family in America. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Buy the selected items together This item: 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. It meant that their children could live with more choices–and with burdens of guilt and cultural confusion. I did not find it distracting, but to each, his own.

Mah, the mother, feels that it’s a result of bad luck brought on by the affair she had with her boss. Immigrating to America was a leap into peril; it meant two lifetimes of punishing labor and social humiliation. 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.


While dealing with any kind of death is always difficult, a suicide is probably one of the modes that ensures that the bereavement never really goes away- unlike death by disease or disaster or even crime, which are always seen as tragedies but where you always have most of the answers, suicides are seen as preventable tragedies, where you never have the answers.

Its story of an old San Francisco couple and their three grown children gives a sense of the wildness underlying the changes that the two generations go through. Every single one of them has them, and Leila looks back over the years with her family to understand where it all began.

The tenth day of the Chinese New Year. Bone by Fae Myenne Ng. During a visit to Nina, Leila and her longtime lover Mason Louie–a sexy, unfailingly supportive auto mechanic–finally marry at City Hall, cheating Mah out of the traditional celebration.

She is a first-generation Chinese American author whose debut novel Bone told the story of three Chinese American daughters growing up in her real childhood hometown of San Francisco Chinatown. I didn’t like the sparse writing style. Mah sewed long hours in a Chinese sweatshop and, after hours, at home; more recently, she opened a modest Chinatown clothes shop.

There was the desire to want to impress and feel like family. The story is so personal and immediate.