Contributor(s): Lee, Jen Sookfong
ISBN: 1770412840 ISBN-13: 9781770412842
Publisher: Ecw Pr
OUR PRICE: $15.30
Product Type: Paperback
Published: September 2016 Annotation: When she finds the bodies of two girls in her recently deceased mother's basement, Jessica Campbell is forced to reexamine her mother's past and her connection with two foster children who lived with the family before going missing.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Runaway children; Fiction.
- Murder; Fiction.
- Family secrets; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Fiction | Literary
|Academic/Grade Level: General Adult|
|Book type: Fiction|
|Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs) 264 pages|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised on Vancouver’s East Side, where she now lives with her son. Her books include The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Shelter. A popular radio personality, Jen was the voice behind CBC Radio One’s weekly writing column, Westcoast Words, for three years, appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter, and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Jen teaches writing in the continuing studies departments at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 July #4)
Jessica Campbell's memories of her late, perfect mother, Donna, are shattered by the discovery of the bodies of two teenage girls, missing for 28 years, at the bottom of Donna's chest freezers. Jessica's life spirals as she learns of her mother's past and the troubled histories of Jamie and Casey Chengâ€”the two dead girlsâ€”and their parents, who fought to survive in Vancouver's Chinatown. Lee (The Better Mother) hops back and forth through time: from 2016 to the mid-1980s, tracing how the girls came to live with Donna in foster care, and going as far back as the '40s and '50s, exploring Donna's youth. The narrative is one of self-discovery as Jessica, appalled, seeks not so much the why of her mother's cruel actions as the whoâ€”who she was, really, and how much of her is reflected in Jessica's life and decisions. The mystery of how the girls died is not the book's main focus, but this captivating novel still moves with the pace of a thriller as it deftly fills in the gaps in the lives of several people, each fractured by horrors of their very own, joined as one in betrayal, trauma, and uncertainty. Agent: Carolyn Swayze, Carolyn Swayze Literary. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC