The Fiction Writers Review heard that I am writing a novel set in Taiwan, and so they asked if I would like to read and review The Third Son, by Julie Wu, set in Taiwan and America in the 1940s and 1950s. The novel describes a malnourished, ill-treated Taiwanese boy raising himself, by hard work and some brave decisions, to achieve a secure and independent life in America.
It was a treat to read about the Taiwan of that time, and to be re-acquainted, in a fictional setting, with the discomforts and resentments that (sometimes) make up (part of) Chinese family life.
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