Do Not Say We Have Nothing
A NovelBook - 2016
From Library Staff
Set in Vancouver in the 90s, this novel follows 10-year-old Marie and her mother after they invite a Chinese refugee into their home.
Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge #5: A book set in one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
In 1989, Marie Jiang (a 10-year-old girl in Vancouver) loses her father to suicide. A short time later, Marie and her mother receive Ai-Ming as a visitor, a teenage girl who claims to be the daughter of one of her father’s close friends. The story cascades from Vancouver to China and back again, ... Read More »
WVMLlibrarianCathy Mar 19, 2017
This beautifully written book revolves around two Chinese / Chinese-Canadian families from the 1950s to present day. Each generation encounters common themes of music, loss, memory and record.
Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations: those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century, and the children of the survivors who became the student protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989— one of the most i... Read More »