Monday, October 16, 2006

Midnight at the Dragon Cafe

Judy Fong Bate's novel is a glimpse into the life of a young Chinese girl, Su-Jen, who is brought to Ontario, Canada from China for a better life and more opportunties. It is a story about sacrifice and the intricate and delicate lives of this Chinese family. Torn between her duty to love and respect her family, yet harboring the weight of her family's terrible secret, Su-Jen finally finds balance and learns the value of forgiveness. With beautiful imagery and woven Chinese dialect, Midnight at the Dragon Cafe is a wonderful (and surpisingly fast) read, and one that I will definitely add to my home book collection.


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