BOOK REVIEW: SOUR HEART BY JENNY ZHANG
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ABOUT JENNY ZHANG
Jenny Zhang was born in Shanghai, China in the year 1983. Zhang immigrated to New York, America with her family at the age of five. Zhang went to Stanford University and graduated in 2005 with a BA in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Four years later, Zhang received a Master of Fine Arts In Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Zhang is now one of the Asian-American top writers, poets, and prolific essayists. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.
ABOUT SOUR HEART & MY REVIEW
Sour Heart is a book of seven short stories. All stories in Sour Heart are written by Zhang and they belong in the coming of age genre. The stories in Sour Heart are We Love You Crispina, The Empty The Empty The Empty, Our Mothers Before Them, The Evolution Of My Brother, My Days And Nights of Terror, Why Were They Throwing Bricks?, and You Fell Into The River And I Saved You. All stories in Sour Heart are about Asian immigrants in New York City.
All the protagonists in each story are the first generation of Asian immigrant girls in America. The author makes them the narrator of each story. All stories in Sour Heart have dark vibes. The author portrays the hard life that all Asian immigrants faced when they first immigrated to America including poverty and racism.
The book Sour Heart received a lot of good reviews from the media. Most media said that this book is an interesting read and all stories in it are a work of art. But I have to be honest that I didn't really enjoy reading it. I believe all stories in Sour Heart are too sour for me. Hmm... I guess they aren't my cup of tea :P In Sour Heart, I only enjoyed reading the first (We Love You Crispina) and the last story (You Fell Into The River And I Saved You). Both stories followed the same protagonist, Christina. We Love You Crispina follows Christina when she was a little girl and first came to the States. While You Fell Into The River And I Saved You follows Christina when she is already a grown-up girl.
However, I do agree with most media that this book is an interesting read. And I still would recommend it to those who are interested to learn about Asian immigrants in America. I believe this book is a good window to Asian-American people. Reading Sour Heart makes me understand Asian-American people better. I also like Zhang's writing style in each story. Her writing is simple, so it is easy for me to visualize each story. Overall, I rate this book 6/10.
So has anyone read Sour Heart? If yes, what are your opinions of this book? Which story did you enjoy reading?
Ok, I would like to keep this review short. So I'm going to end this post here. Thank you for reading this review. I hope to see you guys again in my next post. Take care ^_^
Fadima Mooneira ^_^
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