It took me awhile to get into this book although I went into it very intrigued by the idea and wanting to know more about the historical events surrounding this Taiwanese family as well as their cultural heritage. Though I am from Western cultural heritages and grew up in the American white middle class, I still find myself very interested in many other heritages and cultures around the world. I also quickly grew attached to the characters despite the time it took for the connections to be built between their stories which made the reading a bit disjointed and more difficult for some readers to follow at first.
Overall I found it to be an interesting and informative cultural and historical piece as well as commentary on society in general. A more coherent plot line in the beginning would have improved readability but in general I was able to overlook minor flow issues for the story premise and characters that grabbed my initial interest. This would be a 3 of 5 on my scale. I would recommend it to certain types of readers but it doesn’t win my overwhelming praise.
About the Book:
Martin Sisters Publishing (7/25/2013)
Three generations in an all-female Taiwanese family living near Los Angeles in 1980 are each guarding personal secrets. Grandmother Silk finds out that she has breast cancer, as daughter Lisa loses her job, while pre-teen granddaughter Abbey struggles with a school bully. When Silk’s mysterious past comes out—revealing a shocking historical event that left her widowed—the truth forces the family to reconnect emotionally and battle their problems together.
A novel of cultural identity and long-standing secrets, The 228 Legacy weaves together multigenerational viewpoints, showing how heritage and history can influence individual behavior and family bonds. (ISBN#9781625530394, 322pp, $16.95 Paperback, $6.99 eBook)
About the Author:
Jennifer J. Chow, an Asian-American writer, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. Her geriatric work experience has informed her stories. She lives near Los Angeles, California.
Her fiction has appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, IdeaGems Magazine, and Mouse Tales Press. Her Taiwanese-American novel, The 228 Legacy, made it to the second round of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and was published by Martin Sisters Publishing in August 2013.
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