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Dandelion by Jamie Chai Yun Liew
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Dandelion (edition 2022)

by Jamie Chai Yun Liew (Author)

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When Lily was eleven years old, her mother, Swee Hua, walked away from the family, never to be seen or heard from again. Now a new mother herself, Lily becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Swee Hua. She recalls the spring of 1987, growing up in a small British Columbia mining town where there were only a handful of Asian families; Lily's previously stateless father wanted to blend seamlessly into Canadian life, while her mother, alienated and isolated, longed to return to Brunei. Years later, still affected by Swee Hua's disappearance, Lily's family is stubbornly silent to her questioning. But eventually, an old family friend provides a clue that sends Lily to Southeast Asia to find out the truth.

Winner of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award from the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, Dandelion is a beautifully written and affecting novel about motherhood, family secrets, migration, isolation, and mental illness. With clarity and care, it delves into the many ways we define home, identity, and above all, belonging.

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Authors:Jamie Chai Yun Liew (Author)
Info:Arsenal Pulp Press (2022), 336 pages
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When Lily was eleven years old, she lived with her parents and younger sister in a small mining town in B.C. That summer, her mother walked away from the family and never returns. No one answers Lily's questions about her mother. When Lily marries and becomes a mother herself, she struggles with how to raise her daughter in both her own Asian heritage and her husband's Ukrainian culture. While Lily's father has always promoted blending in and being "Canadian", Lily's mother felt alienated and isolated so far from home. Lily is searching for her own way forward, and in doing so, becomes increasingly obsessed with reconnecting with her own mother.

A good story; well written and the characters were pretty good, although some of them lacked complexity. But Lily and her mother were strong characters that held my interest. ( )
  LynnB | Jun 21, 2023 |
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When Lily was eleven years old, her mother, Swee Hua, walked away from the family, never to be seen or heard from again. Now a new mother herself, Lily becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Swee Hua. She recalls the spring of 1987, growing up in a small British Columbia mining town where there were only a handful of Asian families; Lily's previously stateless father wanted to blend seamlessly into Canadian life, while her mother, alienated and isolated, longed to return to Brunei. Years later, still affected by Swee Hua's disappearance, Lily's family is stubbornly silent to her questioning. But eventually, an old family friend provides a clue that sends Lily to Southeast Asia to find out the truth.

Winner of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award from the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, Dandelion is a beautifully written and affecting novel about motherhood, family secrets, migration, isolation, and mental illness. With clarity and care, it delves into the many ways we define home, identity, and above all, belonging.

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