BOOK REVIEW: Saving Fish from Drowning

Saving Fish from Drowning
by Amy Tan

San Francisco art patron Bibi Chen has planned a journey of the senses along the famed Burma Road for eleven lucky friends. But after her mysterious death, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch as the travelers veer off her itinerary and embark on a trail paved with cultural gaffes and tribal curses, Buddhist illusions and romantic desires. On Christmas morning, the tourists cruise across a misty lake and disappear. With picaresque characters and mesmerizing imagery, Saving Fish from Drowning gives us a voice as idiosyncratic, sharp, and affectionate as the mothers of The Joy Luck Club. Bibi is the observant eye of human nature – the witness of good intentions and bad outcomes, of desperate souls and those who wish to save them. In the end, Tan takes her readers to that place in their own heart where hope is found.

I have had this book in my To Read pile for about 8 years. I never got much farther than 20 or 30 pages before losing focus/patience/track and setting it down. But it came highly recommended and I’ve loved so many of Tan’s books, I had to give this one last good effort. Turning the final page, I can say, it’s a great story told from a creative, fascinating point of view. And in that, it’s well worth the read. But unfortunately, that very point of view is what makes this story so cumbersome – too many characters, too much background information, and way too many sidetracks and side stories to ever really get a good foothold. — Jen Payne

Filled to the Brim with Books: Brewster Book Store

Open year-round, the Brewster Book Store is a full-service independent book store filled to the brim with books, games, toys, greeting cards, stationery and gifts. You’ll also find an awesome collection of Cape Cod books, an extensive children’s section, and a wide selection of hardcover and paperback books for readers of all tastes and ages.

But that’s only half the story. The store also offers regular book signings and events, storytime and a special ordering service. Whether you just want to browse, or you like the kind of personal service that only an independent book store can offer, do be sure to visit the Brewster Book Store – winner of the Boston Magazine Best of Boston® 2004 Bookstore Cape Cod, and has been voted #1 in Community Newspapers Reader’s Poll in 2006 and 2007 and was the winner of the Lower Cape Gold from Cape Cod Life in 2007.

The Brewster Book Store
2648 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631

Both Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind and LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness can be purchased at the Brewster Book Store. If you’re on the Cape, be sure to stop in!

BOOK REVIEW: Nicole Pyles Reviews Evidence of Flossing

“I was so impressed with this book. It conveyed a beauty and yet sadness at the same time. I could sense the spiritual struggle within the poetry and a reflection of the world around (and the masks society often puts forward). This book is definitely a conversation piece and I can’t wait to share it with others.” — Nicole Pyles, World of My Imagination

Ordered Your Signed Copy Today!

EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND – Inspired by Thoreau, Muir, and Oliver, naturalist Jen Payne presents a curious collection of poems and photographs that explore our divine connection with nature. (180 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos, $21.99 plus tax + shipping)


Photo ©2017, Jen Payne from the book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.