Published by Ecco on November 5th 2013
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I liked this book but I have to say that I do not think it was as good as some of her previous work. I do agree with other reviewers that certain parts of this book dragged on and on and on….and then after all the *yawn* dragging the ending felt rushed to me. The book spans 50 years and mainly tells the life of Courtesans at the turn of the century. Amy Tan did her research and it shows but her extensive research was not enough to make me love this book. I did enjoy the back stories of Lucia and Magic Gourd the most. I found the beginning of the book to be my favorite. The middle of the book lagged for me. I liked both Violet and her Mother, Lucia’s story lines. I also like Flora (Violet’s daughter story line) But what I wanted more of was Magic Gourd. She was the most interesting character for me. Her back story was tragic and compelling. Violet’s story was also tragic.