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The Bonesetter’s Daughter

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Why a Booktrail?

Pre 1945, 2000s: A woman finds a diary about her mother’s past in China

  • ISBN: 978-0006550433
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

LuLing Young is in her eighties, and feeling her age.  Trying to hold on to her past, she begins to write down all that she can remember of her life  in China.

Meanwhile, her daughter Ruth, a ghostwriter for authors of self-help books, is losing the ability to speak up for herself in front of the man she lives with. LuLing is worried about her and Ruth is worried about her mother since she has started to become confused.

Ruth decides to move in her and while tending to her discovers the story LuLing wrote in Chinese, of her tumultuous life growing up in a remote mountain village known as Immortal Heart. LuLing tells of the secrets passed along by her mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; a woman whose suicide changed Luling’s life for ever

Travel Guide

San Francisco

Ruth lives here and from her window she can see “ a sliver of a million- dollar view: the red towers of the Golden Gate bridge that bifurcated the waters, marking bay from ocean.

There’s fog on the bay and her mother used to tell her that this fog was really t: the steam from fighting dragons, one water, the other fire.

This is the start of the journey and the chapter before those in China start…



Immortal Heart

The village of Immortal Heart is fictional but is located somewhere south of Peking in the mountains. This is the story of a cave where dragon bones are mined and where Peking Man was discovered; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World, where Precious Auntie’s bones lie, and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Destination: China, San Francisco  Author/Guide: Amy Tan  Departure Time: 1940s and 2000s

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