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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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Ng] is blessed with a poet’s gift for metaphor and a reporter’s eye for detail. A hopeful, charming, and surprisingly joyous work. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s and other magazines, and have been widely anthologized. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

If you are a seller for this product, would faee like to suggest updates through seller support? By Chinese standards, that wasn’t lucky. In Chinatown, everyone knew our story. Outsiders jerked their chins, looked at us, shook their heads. Oldest daughter Leila tells the story: With Ona and Nina gone, it is up to Leila to lay the bones of the family’s collective guilt to rest, and find some way to hope again.

Fae Myenne Ng’s luminous debut explores what it means to be a stranger in one’s own family, a foreigner in one’s own neighborhood–and whether it’s possible to love myenhe place that may never feel quite like home.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Let me start off by saying Bone by Fae Myenne Ng is a good novel. The storyline is interesting, the characters are real, and the choice of words Ng uses mynene convey ideas to the reader are clean and beautiful. I gave the book 3. This is the story of two generations in a Chinese family in America.

At the start of the story, we are old myeenne the middle child, Ona, committed suicide. That is not a spoiler- that fact literally hits you in the face on the first page, in the first sentence. But Ona is not the only one with issues in this family. Every single one of them has them, and Leila looks back over the years with her family to understand where it all began.


A theme I initially found was the strong desire for the characters to maintain their family. There was the desire to want to impress and feel like family. So there is some character development that is observed later in the novel. 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 taking place.

One thing I found unique was how Ng allowed readers into some of the personal issues of the characters, and others she left to be private. Some reviewers noted they were turned off by the narration moving forward and then moving back in history with no warning.

I did not have an issue with this bonr rather saw the transition as a reflection on the current situation. I did not find it distracting, but to each, his own. One person found this helpful. From its single-word title to its Memento-like structure, Ng’s impressive first novel published nearly twenty years ago runs the risk of suffering from a case bome metaphorical overload. Ostensibly, the title refers to a Chinese immigrant tradition of returning their bones to China for burial. Yet, just as obviously, the prose, the dialogue, the characters–all are stripped to the bone as we read the story of Leila and her family in reverse, layer after layer exposed as we faee back to the moment that changed everything, when her sister Ona committed suicide.

Exposed again, this family’s wound is raw and toxic, but “Bone” is more than a novel about one young woman’s nng it is a study of three sisters and especially of their parents, who have worked themselves to the bone to survive. With one sister dead and another living in New York, Leila is left to deal with stepfather and mother.

Leon had spent most of his life away for months at a time, working as a seaman or on the docks; his lack of business sense and fiscal acumen leads Mah, his wife, to work horrid hours in a San Francisco sweatshop until she is finally able to open her own haberdashery. Mah had married her first husband “to escape the war-torn villages” cae China; when he abandoned her, she married Leon to escape disgrace; and, constrained by their parents’ immigrant traditions and suffocated by their emotional neediness, their three daughters seek their own forms of myennw For a novel with such a melancholy core, it is surprisingly spry and the prose somehow works an uneasy balance between charming and caustic.

There are some lovely set pieces: Ng’s wry description of Leila’s visit to the Fe 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.

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Leila’s boyfriend, while improbably saintlike and patient, also adds light to the darkness. It is only by coming to terms with the past that the members of this family can realize bobe truth of what Mah’s friends had told her when she returned for a visit to Hong Kong: I was assigned this novel for an Asian Literature course. I really enjoyed this novel. The type of book I can finish in one sitting! I consider myself a rather slow reader as I like to critique things and make notes, but this novel took me about 6 hours to finish.

The story surrounds three daughters, a step-father, and a mother. He is closer to her than to his biological daughters. This is a story about infidelity, life, loss, and self sovereignty. Definitely a good story line! This is a beautifully written book. Ng gives us an intimate portrait boone a family living in San Francisco’s Chinatown, capturing what, to bbone 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’m in awe of Ng’s ability to give us such a vivid sense experience of life in Chinatown– the tragic, the comic and the eccentric– all nb while moving far into the emotional lives of her characters and moving the story along at a bracing clip.

I highly recommend this wonderful book. This book truly changed my life. It is so beautifully written. Deep and powerful metaphors and the language is so regal. I would highly recommend for everyone to read this book about family, love, and culture. Ordered this for a class and it bonee a very good book, not usually my genre but it’s a very interesting look into faae life of first generation American children of immigrants.

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