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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:53 PM

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

This novel begins with Afong Moy, the 1st Chinese woman to come to America in 1834, and interconnects with seven generations of her descendants taking the reader well into the future. These women are fascinating and tied together by transmitted and inherited trauma. We weave back and forth through time and learn about each of them; some are more developed than others. Dorothy is the driver though, in that she is the one trying to break the chain of the shared trauma passed down through generations of women.

I enjoyed the book but was more interested in the author’s note at the beginning and the acknowledgments at the end where he discusses how he became interested in epigenetics and how it is dealt with, or not, in various societies. Self-determination has been my philosophy, and this read and the ideas behind it tilt that.

Jamie Ford is the author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” which I thoroughly enjoyed.

This title is available in print at the library and downloadable eBook and eAudio through Overdrive/Libby.

Carol is the Director of the Churchill County Library. She loves to read because she learns new things and is introduced to different ideas.