What I’m Reading: The Leftover Woman

I’ve been listening to more podcasts lately and fewer books. I think I got into a rut and podcasts were just easier but then a book that I had on hold became available and I decided to give it a try. The book is The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok.

The book showed one of the great problems with China’s one-child policy. There was a good story around it and the injustices of it so it did have a bit of a sad flare to it.

I guessed what was going to happen in this book early on…so it took some of the steam out of the book’s sail. I did keep reading to make sure I was right as the conclusion came a little too easily. In the end, the story wrapped up nicely.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
“Jasmine Yang arrives in New York City from her rural Chinese village without money or family support, fleeing a controlling husband, on a desperate search for the daughter who was taken from her at birth—another female casualty of China’s controversial One Child Policy. But with her husband on her trail, the clock is ticking, and she’s forced to make increasingly risky decisions if she ever hopes to be reunited with her daughter.

Meanwhile, publishing executive Rebecca Whitney seems to have it all: a prestigious family name and the wealth that comes with it, a high-powered career, a beautiful home, a handsome husband, and an adopted Chinese daughter she adores. She’s even hired a nanny to help her balance the demands of being a working wife and mother. But when an industry scandal threatens to jeopardize not only Rebecca’s job but her marriage, this perfect world begins to crumble and her role in her own family is called into question.

The Leftover Woman finds these two unforgettable women on a shocking collision course. Twisting and suspenseful and surprisingly poignant, it’s a profound exploration of identity and belonging, motherhood and family. It is a story of two women in a divided city—separated by severe economic and cultural differences yet bound by a deep emotional connection to a child.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.2 stars. I’d agree. It wasn’t bad but not a book I would say run out and immediately read.

You can find the book HERE if you are interested.

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Leftover Woman”

  1. This book sounds interesting, but not sure I will get to read it. I should sign up for an audio service and maybe I would “read” more books. I do read a lot but on my Kindle. I, too, have been listening to podcasts while sewing, etc.

  2. Have you read The Water Keeper by Charles Martin? I just finished it and it’s very compelling. It was a super fast read on Hoopla as the story was intense and engrossing. The subject is tough, but it’s handled well and I didn’t quite guess the ending. I’m onto book #2 in the series now, The Letter Keeper. Thanks for your book reviews by the way. I’ve read a ton of good books lately because of you.

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