BOOK REVIEW: TRANSPARENCY: STORIES
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BY FRANCES HWANG
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This book consists of a collection of ten stories dealing with the experiences of immigrants and their American born children.
Some of the stories included are "Transparency" - Henry Liu was convinced he was dying but it turned out that he had an illness that was not as serious as he thought. He now had a second chance at life. "The Modern Age" where during a latke party to celebrate Hanukkah it was decided give a knife a spin and each person would tell each other about their persecuted ancestor stories. After all, this would be easy because everyone present was either Chinese or Jewish. "The Old Gentleman" - an old man thinks he has found love. How does his daughter feel about this? These are just a few of my favorites but there are many more that are just as good.
Frances Hwang has put together a powerful collection of short stories that are very entertaining to read. She shows the readers that she ranks right up there with the best of the storytellers. These stories are unique and the author knows how to draw the reader right into each one and let them experience the magic of her writing. This book is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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