The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai: “Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.” (via) I really struggled to fall into this story, told from split perspectives. I did find that mirrored the division between families in this tale but it isn’t one I’d run to recommend.
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah: “A compelling, painful, and ultimately triumphant story of a girl’s journey into adulthood, Adeline’s story is a testament to the most basic of human needs: acceptance, love, and understanding. With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains, Falling Leaves is a work of heartfelt intimacy and a rare authentic portrait of twentieth-century China.” (via) I read this memoir for book club and I really enjoyed the story of a woman coming into her own, although there some parts I struggled with (from the narrative rather than the storytelling).