Sunday, August 1, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng

 Reviews that I’ve seen of Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng keep coming back to the word beautiful. 

Beginning in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960's and 70's, the novel follows one particular family—Momo, Cassia, and their daughter Junie—and a talented musician, Dawn, whose life skirts the edges of theirs. The plot is fairly simple: circumstances bring the couple together, accumulated traumas pull them apart, and life draws them back together in unexpected ways. I don’t want to give anything away since the emotional punch of the book is in the unfolding of the relationships. The prose is spare and moving. The characters are subtly depicted but fully realized. 

I have to agree: this is a beautiful book.

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