The Hundred Secret Senses

The Hundred Secret Senses

Book - 2010
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Set in San Francisco and a remote Chinese village, this is a story about two half-sisters, Kwan and Olivia, who are separated in age by many years and also by life experience. Kwan admits to the younger Olivia that she is influenced by ghosts. Only years later when they travel to China, does the skeptical Olivia begin to believe Kwan's stories.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143119081
Branch Call Number: TAN
Characteristics: 358 p.
Alternative Title: 100 secret senses

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GLNovak
Oct 23, 2017

This was the kind of story that made me just want to read right to the end in one sitting. The story itself, although interesting, was not the real reason. I just loved Tan's writing; her way of relating thoughts as interesting inner conversations with oneself. Her characters are always interesting and this story about two half-sisters really kept my attention. Olivia meets her half-sister when Kwan-Li arrives from China at the age of fourteen. She speaks an endearing, or annoying depending on your perspective, kind of English, and takes to Olivia in a big way proclaiming she will look after her always. It seems Kwan Li can see dead people with her yin eyes and believes that people are born again just to be with those they love. To enjoy this story you must believe that Kwan Li is exactly who she says she is with the abilities she says she has. I found her delightful with her fractured English and her seemingly always sunny disposition. Olivia in her own way was also endearing with her frustrations and her doubts about her life and her anguish about not having a child. As excellent a read as Tan's other books.

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uncommonreader
Apr 04, 2013

Pop fiction. Set in California and Southern China, this novel tells the story of a woman and her half-sister, who see ghosts and tell ghost stories set in the 19th century. Unconvincing and unsatisfying.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

My all-time favorite book by Amy Tan. gotta love Kwan :)

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darcigirl
Feb 11, 2011

This was a magical book, hard to put down...finished it rather quickly due to compelling story and interesting characters.

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