Across A Green Ocean by Wendy Lee
Kensington Books (ebook), 2015
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
After his father’s death, Michael Tang finds a letter sent to his dad from a long-ago friend in China. Without a word to his mother or sister, he decides to make the long journey to a remote part of that enormous country. Once there, he begins to learn about the man his father once was, and how long-ago choices continue to echo throughout all of their lives.
Michael’s sister Emily is an immigration lawyer living in Manhattan and married to a white American. Her only connections to China are her family and her work. But when a case ends horribly she starts to question the choices she’s made.
Their mother, Ling, worries that she’s somehow driven her children away. Though they are living the lives Ling and her husband sacrificed so much to give them, all three must decide where their happiness truly lies.
Ling Tang sat on the back porch, waiting for the right time to come.
WHAT I THOUGHT
This was my first time reading Wendy Lee.
Across A Green Ocean is a great book. I really enjoyed it. This book reminds me a lot of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan but is much softer. The point of view switches a lot between the characters and some chapters include flashbacks. I found this structure a bit confusing at first but I got used to it and started to enjoy it. I really enjoyed the way the author describes the experiences of Ling and Han when they first moved the states. I also really liked the conflict between them and their children which was incredibly sad at times. I connected to Michael the most and his struggle to accept his sexuality. I enjoyed the chapters set in China when Michael meets his father’s old friend the most.
I’d recommend this book.