Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li

The writing is good but this novel just isn't my cup of tea.   Ms. Li represents real literature (as opposed to the usual rot that I read), so I'm a bit distressed that I didn't like it.  But that's the way it goes.

Part of the problem for me is that I dislike books that shift back and forth in time, as this one does.   I also found myself ambivalent about learning who among three one-time friends poisoned Shaoai long ago, leading to her death many years later.   But there's much more to the story than this mystery; it is about the feelings of two Chinese emigres to the USA.

Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel

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