If you tuned in to the Book Club Chat last week, you heard me announce that the next pick is Bitter Melon, a YA novel by Cara Chow. It’s probably the very best part of the book club that I get to select books that I’m excited about. This book grabbed my attention because it’s set deep in a particular culture, but the heroine’s experiences are universal and I had a great deal of empathy for her predicaments. Here’s the cover copy:
Frances, a Chinese-American student at an academically competitive school in San Francisco, has always had it drilled into her to be obedient to her mother and to be a straight-A student so that she can go to Med school. But is being a doctor what she wants? It has never even occurred to Frances to question her own feelings and desires until she accidentally winds up in speech class and finds herself with a hidden talent. Does she dare to challenge the mother who has sacrificed everything for her?
I found that this book gave me a great deal to think on, especially in the wake of the rather (to put it mildly) controversial essay in the Wall Street Journal about “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.”
Now, this isn’t a straight up romance, but it has some emotional romantic elements. In other words, there is a romance in the novel, but there’s also a war of attraction for the heroine between her own desire for something different while not wanting to openly betray her mother’s expectations – and the romance is part of that struggle.
As usual, if you use SBTBARE at checkout, you will get a 50% eBook Bucks Rebate at AllRomance.com, the official sponsor of the Sizzling Book Club. You can also buy a copy at Amazon.com, or Book Depository, or wherever the books in your preferred format are sold. The 50% rebate at AllRomance will be valid from March 1-15, 2011.
Plus! I have the date for the chat already: we’ll be hosting the Sizzling Book Club Chat on Thursday, March 31 at 6pm PST / 9pm EST. Cara Chow will join us at 10pm EST to answer questions and discuss the book with us. Hope to see you then!
I am really looking forward to the book club chat, as I think we will have a LOT to talk about. Happy reading!