A review by akappel32
Beautiful Country, by Qian Julie Wang (王乾)


I don’t really know what to say about this novel. I had just read another memoir before this, so maybe I just wasn’t in the mood or maybe it just really wasn’t that good. I can sympathize with Wang and her upbringing and I congratulate her for making something of herself after a hard childhood in poverty, but the reality is, she doesn’t do a good job of making you feel it. The novel itself is boring, and doesn’t keep you engaged. Her stories, while personal, don’t feel very, well, personal. It feels like such a gloss over of her life with no real chance to get invested and really feel it.