The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

The Hundred Secret SensesThis book explores the relationship between American-born, half-Chinese Olivia and her older Chinese-born half sister, Kwan. Theirs is not an easy relationship, as Kwan believes that she has “Yin eyes,” that she can see and speak to ghosts.

Love, loyalty, and a lifetime of guilt-ridden embarrassment are all teased out as the characters end up traveling to China. In Olivia’s case, a photographer on assignment traveling with her estranged husband, there comes an attempt to sort out the truth of her sister’s stories from the fantasy.

In Kwan’s case she is returning to her roots, trying to heal her sister’s marriage, and proving to Olivia her truth of understanding the past, the dead.

Several story lines thread through the book, with reflection on the past, our relationship to past and the dead, and whether or not there is an easy flow of communication between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Reviewed by H


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