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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I really liked this book because it really connected to my history assignment and one of the books I also recently read.

This is the story of two generations in a Chinese family in America. The voices of the narrator–oldest of the three children–and of the others are terse and percussive. In many ways, I really myennr this book. 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.

It is a great book even it exaggerated a little because every family member in the Bone had “big problem”. Seemed kind of gimmicky to me. So there is some character development that is observed later in the novel.


I did not find it distracting, but to each, his own. By Chinese standards, that wasn’t lucky. Meanwhile, youngest sister Nina lives in N. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I was remembering how much I enjoyed the Joy Luck Club and when this book was described as a similarly inter-generational story rich in cultural idiosyncrasies and very thoughtful, that resonated with me.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jan 24, Betty rated it really liked it Bonw Let me start off by saying Bone by Fae Myenne Ng is a good novel.

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But she lives with her kind, handsome and–ethnically speaking–liberated Chinese-American boyfriend, an auto mechanic. English Choose a language for shopping.


I know the feel of the San Francisco fog when drive around the labyrinthine roads of Colma looking for a cemetery that may not exist. Inside their cantankerousness and traditionalism, the two old bonf are as impulsive and unconstrained as children, free spirits in their yokes. I was hoping for more. I didn’t like the sparse writing style. It was also as if she listed these problems with no solution. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I felt the honesty and confusion of these people and the author.

A loving tribute to her own family, who she has said cannot read the novel due to their limited English, but she knows they are proud nonetheless. 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 dae preventable tragedies, where you never have the answers.

The story that everyone knows is how the middle sister, Ona, committed suicide by jumping off of the Nam, a local bon project officially named the Nam Ping Yuen. A bare story is not enough to keep me interested. bpne

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Ng’s wry myebne of Leila’s visit to the Hoy Sun Ning Yung Benevolent Association; a heart-breaking scene in which the suddenly aged Leon can’t find the grave of the man who sponsored his American entry papers; and the engaging opening chapter, in which Leila wanders the city streets, interrogating its less industrious denizens to learn the whereabouts of her idle stepfather.

And how do the children in this family escape without feeling ny traitors and without turning their backs on their heritage? We never really get into her character.

The bbone has some mjenne language, but mostly it is a day to day portrayal of people struggling mightily with understanding each other, why one daughter jumped off a building to her death, why the father, Leong, could not find a secure place in the economic order. Ng Harper Collins- Fiction – pages 6 Reviews https: The spareness of prose almost has a Haiku feel to it at times, but the story is contemporary in every way–people who are living in two different worlds trying to figure out how to honor the past mmyenne forge an independent life from previous generations.


Aug 01, Alex rated it liked it. But this novel is more than just a Chinese version of Ordinary People. 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. While Foer’s novel was bloated with vae, Ng’s work is minimalism as its finest in recounting the story of a second-generation family of girls, living in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

No one, especially the protagonist, seemed to find any resolution or realization or purpose or acceptance in their suffering. Why is Bone the title of the book? Now more than anything. With one sister dead and another living in New York, Leila is left to deal with stepfather and mother. Set up a giveaway. She is the daughter of seamstress and a laborer, who immigrated from Guangzhou, China. 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.

I was assigned this novel for an Asian Literature course. I enjoyed this book. Bone – Fae Myenne Ng 1 16 Jul 15, Ships are massive, but the ocean has simple superiority.

Narrator Leila circles back and forth in time as she tries to understand her sister Ona’s suicide and to relieve the family guilt. The book’s strength and surprise, however, lie in its portraits of Mah and Leon.

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