The bonesetter’s daughter tells the story of a mother-daughter (Luling and Ruth) relationship and their struggles growing up. This book is divided into three different sections. Each part has different settings.Part one, ( page 1-169) The novel first starts when Luling was only young. It shows the relationship between her and her precious auntie. Luling was raised by her father’s relatives and her nursemaid who she later finds out is her real mother. Luling called her nursemaid precious auntie. She could not speak and only Luling understood her. She could understand her as if they had their own language which was not constructed with words (“No one else understood Precious Auntie’s kind of talk, so I had to say aloud what she meant. Not everything, though, not our secret stories,” page 3). It goes on about the two of them and ends when Luling is shown the names of her ancestors which she now forgets. Luling is now eighty-two years old and gradually becoming more and more demented. She doesn’t want to forget her past and starts writing what she remembers before it is too late. After discovering her mother’s disease Ruth, her daughter starts reading what Luling wrote. Ruth lives with her boyfriend Art, a divorced man with two children. Her mother Luling has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This section also has some flashback on how her mother raised her alone after her father died in a car accident when she was only two. Part 2 (page 270-388) Part two of this book doesn’t pick up where part one ended. It goes back to when Luling and precious auntie were younger. Precious auntie was the daughter of a famous bonesetter. Old bones were used as medicine back then. When precious auntie became of age a coffin maker named Chang and Luling’s father asked her to marry them. She denied Chang and shortly after accepted Luling’s father request. Precious auntie believed that Chang killed her husband and her father because she didn’t accept his offer. All her husband’s relatives didn’t believe her and criticized her for being a mute and having a scarred face. When Luling became a fourteen-year- old girl, the Chang family asked her hand in marriage. To prevent the marriage of her daughter, precious auntie killed herself. Luling always felt responsible for that. After her real mother’s death, the family sent Luling to an orphanage where she would later become a teacher and teach the other orphan children. There she got married and also was reunited with her cousin, Gaoling. During the war between Japan and China Luling lost her husband and the people who lived in the orphanage had to leave because things were becoming more dangerous. After six years or so Gaoling left for America promising Luling that she would do whatever it took to sponsor Luling. After a few months passed Gaoling married an American citizen, and they sponsored her to come as famous visiting artist. Part 3 (341-403) This last section picks up when Ruth has finished reading what her mother had written. She realizes how little she understood her mother when she grew up. At the end of the book they both apologize to each other leaving Ruth with relief that they had done it before it was too late. Ruth has cleared problems between her, Art and his daughters. She finally finds out the name of her nameless grandmother (precious auntie) and is now a happily married woman. Setting;The bonesetter’s daughter is a fictional story set in two different place and time. Half of it is set in America. This is where Ruth’s story takes place. She lives in San Francisco with Art and his daughters and has been living here ever since she was born. Luling was born and raised in China. This is where the other half of the story takes place. Luling was raised in the rocky Western hills south of Beijing. The village she lived in was forty-six kilometers from Marco Polo Bridge next to a city called Pecking (“forty-six kilometers from Reed moat bridge. It is the same as Marco Polo Bridge, what people call now the turnoff point to and from Pecking” page 175). Luling was put in the orphanage during the time of the war between Japan and China. When the war became more intense, people in the orphanage had to move to another place. The author of this book, Amy Tan had to know where, when and how the war took place in order to make the book believable. In part two of the book we can see that what happens in the book corresponds what happened in real war. Amy Tan distinctively wrote the course of the war and how it affected the characters as time passed.'”You can have pride in what you do each day,” said Sister Yu “but not arrogance in what you were born with.” she also reminded us that self-pity was not allowed.’ (page 226). The bonesetter’s daughter has a deep meaning in most of its quotations but the one that captured my attention was this. I believe that our personalities and potentials don’t come from what we’re born with. The things we should be proud of are the things we worked hard to get. This also works the other way. We should not pity ourselves for being born with a disadvantage. We are all born the same. What makes us unique is what we decide to do with our lives and how we handle certain situations, Therefore I chose this quote.”They know where happiness lies, not in a cave or a country, but in love and the freedom to give and take what has been there all along.” (page-403) Every day, we ask ourselves how can I be happy? what can make me happy? But little do we know that happiness lies within us. It lies in the love we give and receive, by helping others and by helping ourselves, by helping others find their way, we can find happiness. “But I don’t have anything left inside of me to figure out where I fit in or what I want. If I want anything, it is to know what’s possible to want.”(page-389) As I think about my future, I feel lost as most of us do. We know we want to do something that we desire, but what is it we desire. We struggle to find ourselves in this immense majority of mankind. Do we even know what we want? I think our future is someone else’s hand and if we want to fulfill our destiny, we must seek what we need in order to know what’s possible to want. The bonesetter’s daughter Review Like much of Amy Tan’s work, the bonesetter’s daughter is based on the relationship between an immigrant mother and her Asian-American daughter. It has two major stories, both told with different points of view. The first story is about Ruth, an American born Chinese women who lives with her boyfriend and his two daughters and is a ghost writer. The second story is about Ruth’s mother Luling from when she was young. She was born and raised by her father relatives and her nursemaid in China in the time of Japanese invasion, rise of communism and the discovery of Peking man. Her nursemaid, who was called precious aunty was the daughter of a famous bonesetter. She became a mute after a suicide which led to the disfiguring of her face and her mouth being sealed with a scar tissue. Luling immigrated to America after the Second Sino-Japanese War ended. She is now Eighty-two and has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Before she becomes totally demented she gives Ruth her writings of her life story, a side of her Ruth had never known. The books main characters are Luling and her daughter Ruth. Luling is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just like Amy Tan’s mother. Tan revealed she didn’t know her mother real name until the day that she died, just like in the book. Amy Tan got the inspiration to write this book from a photo of her grandmother that was on her desk. Amy Tan born was born on February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. At the age of fifteen she lost her father and her older brother to brain tumors. Her mother fearing curses moved her and her younger brother to Europe. Amy Tan attended five colleges: Linfield College, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and University of California at Berkeley. In 1983, she became a freelance business writer, working with telecommunications companies, including IBM and AT&T. In 1985, Amy Tan wrote the story “Rules of the Game,” which was the foundation for her first and best selling novel, The joy luck club. One of Amy Tan’s previous books was The Joy Luck Club was also about mother daughter relationships and how it’s like to be the first-generation American born Asian women. The book mainly talks about the lives three women, Ruth Luling and precious auntie. Precious auntie is Liling’s mother and Ruth’s grandmother. She is a well-educated women whose father and husband died on the day of her wedding. In a suicide attempt, she lost her voice and obtained a scarred face. Her daughter Luling was raised by her and her husband’s family in a city called immortal heart in china. She was naive When Luling became a fourteen year old girl, the family of the same person who killed precious auntie’s father and husband asked Luling’s hand in marriage. To prevent this Luling’s mother killed herself leaving Luling with guilt. After this precious auntie’s body was thrown over a cliff Luling was put in an orphanage where she started teaching. There she got married and also lost her husband in the The Second Sino-Japanese War. After the war ended she and her cousin immigrated to America. There, the two cousins married two brothers and after Luling had her first child her husband died in a car accident. So Luling raised Ruth alone, in san Francisco. Now Ruth is a grown independent woman, living with her boyfriend and his two daughters. She finds letters that her mother wrote before she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it is her life story. Ruth starts reading it and regrets all the negligent things she’s said and done to her mother while growing up. At the end all conflicts between them were solved before it was too late.In this novel, there are three main events that Changed the course of the novel tremendously. The first one is the death of Precious auntie’s husband and father. On her wedding day, her father and her husband, whom she just married were killed by a coffin maker who wanted to marry her. This event was what led to Precious auntie’s suicide attempt and Luling growing up as an outcast and without a father. The second event was when precious auntie killed herself. When Luling became of age the coffin makers family asked her hand in marriage. To prevent the marriage precious auntie killed herself and left a note threatening the family that she would come back as a ghost and hunt them if they took Luling in to the family. The third event happened after Ruth grew up and Luling became demented. After her mother’s diagnosis Ruth moved in with her so she could watch after her. While she was cleaning the house, she found letters that Luling wrote before her alzheimer’s. It was her life’s story. This really changed Ruth’s perspective on her mother and cleared up misunderstandings between them. Except the killing of Luling’s father and husband, most of the negative things that happened could have been prevented if the characters talked to each other about it. One of the main themes of this book is the loss of voice. Before precious auntie killed herself, she wrote a letter explaining why Luling shouldn’t marry into the coffin maker’s family. But as arrogant as Luling was she didn’t read it. If she had, she could have prevented precious auntie’s death. At the end of the book the conflicts between the characters Ruth and Luling, Ruth and Art and Ruth and Art’s daughters are solved, but the stories that took place in china were incomplete, like what happened to the rest of the luling’s family and what happened to precious auntie’s body.