Beautiful as Yesterday

  • Title: Beautiful as Yesterday
  • Author: Fan Wu
  • ISBN: 9781416598893
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beautiful as Yesterday Stretching from mid century China to both coasts of the United States at the turn of the millennium Beautiful as Yesterday tells the powerful and captivating story of three Chinese women from the sam
    Stretching from mid century China to both coasts of the United States at the turn of the millennium, Beautiful as Yesterday tells the powerful and captivating story of three Chinese women from the same family It is a penetrating exploration of what it means to belong, what it means to be a family, and the impact of history and memories on one s life Speaking English isStretching from mid century China to both coasts of the United States at the turn of the millennium, Beautiful as Yesterday tells the powerful and captivating story of three Chinese women from the same family It is a penetrating exploration of what it means to belong, what it means to be a family, and the impact of history and memories on one s life Speaking English is like taking a bath with my clothes on, Mary Chang admits after having lived in America for than ten years Under the facade of being a devoted wife, mother, churchgoer, and a hightech professional, she is tormented by adultery, her grudge toward her parents, and her despair at work Ingrid, Mary s attractive estranged sister, prefers her bohemian friends Latin culture to her own, though her college boyfriend s tragic death never fails to haunt her And when their widowed mother Wang Fenglan, a state factory retiree, travels from China to America for the first time under Mary s request to explore the possibility of emigrating, she awkwardly reunites the family and unknowingly stirs up buried family tensions and secrets.

    • Beautiful as Yesterday by Fan Wu
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      Published :2019-09-02T09:04:04+00:00

    About Fan Wu


    1. The youngest of the five children, Fan Wu grew up on a state run farm in southern China, where her parents were exiled during the Cultural Revolution Her debut novel, February Flowers, has been translated into 8 languages Her second novel Beautiful as Yesterday was praised by Amy Tan as a story with intelligence, insight and heart Her short fiction, besides being anthologized and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, has appeared in Granta, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Asia Literary Review, Redivider, Hyphen, and elsewhere She has reviewed books for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogged for Ploughshares Wu s been published by Simon Schuster, Doubleday Picador UK Wu holds a B.A in Chinese Language and Literature from Sun Yat sen University Zhongshan University and an M.A in Mass Media Studies from Stanford University After graduating from Stanford University, she worked as a market research analyst at Yahoo for quite a few years She currently lives in northern California with her husband and two young children Wu s new novel, I Can Hear the Daisies Grow, is nearly completed after five years of researching, writing and editing The book focuses on the historical and psychological impact of a tumultuous past on individuals and families and is a mediation on themes that are still relevant in our contemporary world It is ultimately about people, their fears and hopes, their secrets and desires, and how they reconcile with their past and move forward Inspired by her children, Wu s recently started writing stories for children She wishes she could draw, but the truth is that her 6 year old daughter is a far better artist than she is Wu loves to read, travel, and spend time with family and friends Running, yoga and pilates help her stay healthy When she is running, she likes to listen to the old episodes of NPR s Car Talk and This American Life Excerpts from her novels February Flowers February FlowerBeautiful As Yesterday Beautiful as YeHer short stories The Guest hyphenmagazine magazinJademuse.jhu login auth 0Her book reviews On Bi Feiyu s Three Sisters sfgate books article TOn Ha Jin s A Good Fall sfgate books article AOn Yiyun Li s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl sfgate books article GOn Anchee Min s Pearl of China sfgate books article POn Yang Xianhui s Woman from Shanghai sfgate books article F


    902 Comments


    1. definitely liked reading this one !

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    2. American immigrant and "multicultural" fiction - from Chaim Potok to Edwidge Danticat - has often focused on the interaction between mainstream American culture and the culture of the protagonists. Predictably, that is also a prominent issue in Beautiful as Yesterday. What currently distinguishes China and the Chinese people, however, is the country's rapid, almost overnight transformation from a brutal and stagnant Communist backwater to a modern, quasi-capitalist economic powerhouse (albeit a [...]

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    3. Beautiful as Yesterday is about 2 sisters (Mary and Ingrid) and their mother. All were born in China, but Mary and Ingrid have immigrated to the U.S. (Ingrid had the help of her older sister, who helped pay her way through college) Mary lives and works in Silicon Valley with the typical American Dream: Own home, son she adores, hard-working husband who she just convinced to join a start-up in hopes of really making it when their ipo comes out. Ingrid is more of a free spirit in that she balks ag [...]

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    4. I got this as a free book to review from . Fan Wu shares with us a history of the lives of Chinese women here and in China. It is difficult to know what has happened to these people in the last 40 years and Wu's story is detailed and beautiful. The two sisters, Mary and Ingrid, have moved to the U.S. to study and have stayed to work and live. The character of Mary is the least likeable of the three women, while the Mother, Fenglen, is the most likeable character, or at least the one I can relate [...]

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    5. This is a sweet little book without being sentimental. The prose is very simple, but Fan Wu plays to her strengths and on concentrates on storytelling. One of the characters is an aspiring Chinese writer and this point of view allows the author to discuss some of the problems she has using English as a second language to write a novel. There is a lovely passage where she describes her use of English feeling like words swimming on the surface of a pool, never able to dive down into the depths.I a [...]

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    6. This is the story or a family that originates from China and separates. Two sisters move to the US for school and stay afterwards. They share their lives, thoughts and feelings with us over the course of many months. Each of the characters (mother, older daughter and younger daughter) shares their point of view throughout the book. The Chinese history and traditions embedded in the book are what makes it a great read. Not too many actual scenes are thrilling or active. Mostly, it's the character [...]

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    7. A tale of two sisters, Mary and Ingrid, who emigrate from China to the US. They are very different and estranged at the time their Mother comes to visit with a view to joining them in the US. Family secrets emerge and issue between Mary and her husband and Mary and Ingrid are aired to a degree. I suppose I enjoyed and didn't enjoy this book. The sections based in China I found very interesting, but I didn't feel that the author delved too deeply into her characters so they seemed a bit shallow a [...]

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    8. Differentiating her book from the most novels about old time China, Fan Wu wrote a story about two sisters who were born in China and migrated to the states in early 90’s. Fan Wu created two sisters without fantasizing. They are so real, both with history and transformation, love and fantasy, eastern and western. I like the details that author knows two cultures inside out. Fan Wu’s observation is remarkable and her memory is outstanding. She can read mind of different generations and ethnic [...]

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    9. A quiet tangle of family histories - of a mother and her two daughters - as they reconcile their Chinese heritage and past with life in the USA. There were moments of poignancy here but all too often I was distracted by the clunky dialogue which didn't read true. While Wu is descriptive with surroundings I didn't get a real sense of each character, as though even in their thoughts, they had put up an impenetrable wall to their innermost feelings.

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    10. I enjoyed each chapter being about one of the characters point of view. I especially liked how Mary had one perspective of her father but then hearing the real perspective from her mother's view about her father it was a completely different light. It shows how there is definitely two sides to every story. I liked the book it read very easy and was a great story.

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    11. A story about a Chinese woman, and about her two daughters who live different lifestyles after emigrating to America. It is also about feelings of belonging/not belonging, and family secrets revealed.

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    12. Writing somewhat clumsy:Rather disjointed but a good insight into people between two worlds.Story of a Chinese/American family - interesting, but not easy to read in that it didn't flow so well. Liked the way the connections were made and could see the interest in the cross cultural aspects.

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    13. **review brewing in my mind*** reread again this year. now that I own it I can take my time. I had forgotten so much and it was fitting to read it again and remember again. liked it more the second time.

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    14. A solid 3 1/2*A story told from the point of view of two sisters that emigrated to the US from China and their mother. Enjoyed the younger sister & mother's stories the best.

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    15. Good relationships - mother,daughter and friends

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    16. Interesting reading not sure that I rushed to pick it up each night and not really sure that there was a real outcome!

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    17. so far, enjoying the book and relating to the characters - more later!

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    18. A welll written story of sisters from China

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    19. A mother and daughters story that piqued my interest at times. Family history and tension surfaces. The daughters are polar opposites and mom's visit brings them together.

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