A short summary would be "the better Lovely Bones" - a slow analysis of family dynamics sparked by the death of a teenager. While here a lot of things are done better which I found tedious in Lovely Bones and welcomed that there is a novel dealing with the struggles of second generation immigration I still could not really warm up with the writing style. Every sentence is hammered into perfection with a clear purpose and the core message (do not shape your children after your expectations) repeated so often that it somehow numbed me. I don't even know if you can even criticise a novel for being be too carefully crafted, but that's how it felt to me.
Published April 30, 2016