By Amy Tan
“A rollicking, adventure-filled tale . . . packed [with] the human capability for love.”
“A beautifully accomplished, good-hearted farce that's half romance and half secret . . . With Tan’s many skills on reveal, it’s her idiosyncratic wit and sly observations . . . that make this ebook natural pleasure.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco artwork buyer Bibi Chen has deliberate a trip of the senses alongside the famed Burma street for 11 fortunate buddies. yet after her mysterious dying, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch because the tourists veer off her itinerary and embark on a path paved with cultural gaffes and tribal curses, Buddhist illusions and romantic wants. On Christmas morning, the travelers cruise throughout a misty lake and disappear.
With picaresque characters and enthralling imagery, Saving Fish from Drowning offers us a voice as idiosyncratic, sharp, and affectionate because the moms of the enjoyment good fortune membership. Bibi is the observant eye of human nature–the witness of fine intentions and undesirable results, of determined souls and people who desire to store them. after all, Tan takes her readers to that position of their personal center the place wish is found.
“Amy Tan is between our nice storytellers.”
–The long island occasions publication Review
“Amy Tan has created a nearly magical event that, web page through web page, turns into a metaphor for human relationships.”
“With humor, ruthlessness, and wild mind's eye, Tan has reaped [a] extraordinary story of human longings and (of direction) their consequences.”
“A publication that’s effortless to learn and difficult to forget.”
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