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Thursday, February 27, 2014
In the After
Published: February 25, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
First Published: August 20, 2013
I've read a few historical books about China, and each one feels like it takes place 100 of years ago regardless of when the events acutally occurred. I don't really know a lot about China history so I have no way of placing each book within the timeframe of European history I'm more familiar with. Except this wasn't quite the case with this. This book takes place in the 1930s with the modern world starting to become a part of Chinese culture. Except even though there were modern touches, the majority of the book feel timeless as if it could have easily taken place 100 years ago. It was definitely an interesting mix of two worlds coming together which is an aspect I loved about this.
I thought the way the book was told was really special. It's a young woman looking back on her life and the mistakes she made after death. And that isn't even a spoiler since you know in the second sentence that our main character, Leiyin, is dead. What is also interesting is that Leiyin spends much of her time interacting with her three souls (hence the title), which was a neat touch of Chinese culture.
It's interesting because this wasn't necessarily a book that I couldn't put down, and yet I always wanted to be reading. It reads easily, and beautifully even, that I'm a little disappointed to be finished with it. There was actual one scene in particular that brought me to tears, if only because I wish certain experiences in it could actually be true. This is the author's first book, which gets me a little excited because I can't wait to see where she's able to go from here!
Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.