The highly-anticipated new novel from the best-selling author of "The Joy Luck Club" and "The Bonesetter's Daughter". On an ill-fated art expedition of the Southern Shan State in Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas morning tour - and disappear. Through the twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, ...Read MoreThe highly-anticipated new novel from the best-selling author of "The Joy Luck Club" and "The Bonesetter's Daughter". On an ill-fated art expedition of the Southern Shan State in Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas morning tour - and disappear. Through the twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the Burma jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime. Filled with Amy Tan's signature 'idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, haunting images, historical complexity, significant contemporary themes, and suspenseful mystery,' (Los Angeles Times), "Saving Fish from Drowning" seduces the reader with a facade of Buddhist illusions, magician tricks, and light comedy, even as the absurd and picaresque spiral into a gripping morality tale about the consequences of intentions - both good and bad - and of the shared responsibility that individuals must accept for the actions of others.Read Less
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This book snared me from the beginning. Of all Amy Tan's novels, this is the one I have enjoyed the most. The central character is a ghost. In some other novels, this has seemed very contrived, but in this story it feels appropriate and believable. Ms. Tan also pokes a bit of fun at tourists, but in a loving way.
Apr 3, 2007
Another of Tam's wonderful books!
What I love about reading Amy Tam's books is I am not only entertained but I always learn so much about other cultures. I found Saving Fish from Drowning hard to put down. First of all the title was intriguing. All the characters were interesting and Ms. Tam developed each one so well that at the end of the book, I felt I had personally met them. I can't wait for her next book!
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