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Stm (accessed May 1, 2009). Seaman, Donna, Review of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, in Booklist, December 1, 2000, p. 676. Tan, Amy, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Ballantine Books, 2001. Willard, Nancy, ‘‘Talking to Ghosts,’’ in the New York Times, February 18, 2001, sec. 7, p. 9. FURTHER READING Birch, Cyril, Tales from China, Oxford Myths and Legends series, Oxford University Press, 2001. In this English translation of traditional stories, Birch presents more than a dozen familiar Chinese myths that describe the creation of the world, and the characters—often magical—who then inhabit it.

In The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Tan creates the possibility for the reception of cultural and personal memory in the American daughter because the daughter, in effect, becomes the reader of her mother’s text. The Bonesetter’s Daughter focuses intently on the permanence of written texts and writing’s most basic materiality through the recognition of ink’s physicality. The connections between the physical nature of ink, the process of writing, and the lasting nature of text resonate throughout the narrative.

Earthly desires. ’’ The women ghosts in this novel are GreatGranny and Precious Auntie. ’’ In this way, Precious Auntie’s position in the household is maintained. Precious Auntie’s haunting is vengeful. She appears thirty miles away from where she died, in Peking, to tell Father, ‘‘Did you value camphor wood more than my life? ’’ University instructors and literary critics alike have tended to highlight traditionally oral forms of narration, especially women’s oral story-telling, found in many of these ethnic women’s texts as equal to the traditional grand narratives of Western literature.

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