The Bonesetter's Daughter

by Amy Tan

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A mother and daughter find what they share in their bones in this compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.

Ruth Young and her widowed mother have always had a difficult relationship. But when she discovers writings that vividly describe her mother’s tumultuous life growing up in China, Ruth discovers a side of LuLing that she never knew existed.

Transported to a backwoods village known as Immortal Heart, Ruth learns of secrets passed along by a mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; of a cave where dragon bones are mined; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World; and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal. Within the calligraphied pages awaits the truth about a mother's heart, secrets she cannot tell her daughter, yet hopes she will never forget...

Conjuring the pain of broken dreams and the power of myths, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.

  • Penguin Publishing Group; February 2001
  • ISBN: 9781101202951
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  • Title: The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • Author: Amy Tan
  • Imprint: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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In The Press

Praise for The Bonesetter's Daughter

“As compelling as Tan’s first bestseller, The Joy Luck Club...No one writes about mothers and daughters with more empathy than Amy Tan.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[An] absorbing tale of the mother-daughter bond...this book sing[s] with emotion and insight.”—People

The Bonesetter’s Daughter dramatically chronicles the tortured, devoted relationship between LuLing Young and her daughter Ruth....A strong novel, filled with idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery.”—Los Angeles Times

“Tan at her best...Rich and hauntingly forlorn...The writing is so exacting and unique in its detail.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“For Tan, the true keeper of memory is language, and so the novel is layered with stories that have been written down–by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten...Superb storytelling.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Amy Tan [has] done it again....The Bonesetter’s Daughter tells a compelling tale of family relationships; it layers and stirs themes of secrets, ambiguous meanings, cultural complexity and self-identity; and it resonates with metaphor and symbol.”—The Denver Post

“Compelling...Readers who loved Amy Tan's bestselling novels about the complex tites between mothers and daughters, The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife, will also be captivated by The Bonesetter's Daughter.”—The Orlando Sentinel

“A woman's struggle to find her voice has long been a favorite theme of Amy Tan. Nowhere has she explored it with more compassion of charm than in this touching new novel.”—The Richmond Times-Dispatch

About The Author

Amy Tan is the bestselling author of Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s MemoirThe Joy Luck ClubThe Kitchen God’s WifeThe Hundred Secret SensesThe Bonesetter's DaughterThe Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing LifeSaving Fish from Drowning, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted into a PBS television series. Tan was also a coproducer and coscreenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club. Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.