MY REVIEW OF “SOUR HEART” by JENNY ZHANG
byJenny Zhang(Goodreads Author)
Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves.(less)
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Lenny
MY REVIEW OF “SOUR HEART” by Jenny Zhang
I appreciate Jenny Zhang, author of “Sour Heart” for her unique and unusual style of writing. “Sour Hearts is a novel with several short stories it.
The genres for this book are Literary Fiction with a touch of personal History that the author has based this on and used her Poetic License for. I do admire Jenny Zhang for “shooting from the hip”. The author holds nothing back.
For that reason I do want to issue a warning to people who might be sensitive to the use of bodily functions, and some scenes of violence, and some strong language, this might not be for you. For those readers that enjoy a different and unique experience, you probably might like this.
I find it very difficult to review a book with different short stories in it. First of all, I enjoyed some stories more than others. Then, it would take forever to review each story.
The stories take place in China, and the timeline goes back to “The Revolution” in China, where schools were closed and children would wildly roam the streets. The children could turn their parents in for any infraction. The stories are told as Chinese immigrants come to the United States and are faced with poverty and living in slum conditions. The stories are told of young Chinese women coming of age and the struggles they deal with. (emotional and sexual) Through the characters eyes, and their views of being discriminated, we see their discrimination to others Koreans and Black people. In one case, one young Chinese girl befriend a Black woman.
The characters are complex, and complicated, and many come from a dysfunctional setting. The author write about families, grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, dysfunction, honor, love and struggle. This is a story of self-discovery and growth. I would recommend this story for those readers that like a unique and unusual approach. I received this book for my honest review.