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The Storm We Made - Book Club Book Review


📚 Book Review 📚


Title: The Storm We Made

Author: Vanessa Chan

Publisher: MarySue Rucci Books

Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction

Thank you to @bookclubfavorites for the #gifted copy.




The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan was our very first @bookfriendsbookclub pick in the new year and I’m so glad we did! I needed to chat about this one! This is the type of unapologetic, authentic historical fiction book about a time in our history not often heard about and that was not very pretty. Author Vanessa Chan will have you blown away that this is a debut novel by how well she can toe the line of having such beautiful writing about such ugly things. I’ll say it again: War is not pretty!


“All love was someone breaking their soul into smaller pieces and offering the broken pieces of themselves as a puzzle to someone else.”





Told in a dual timeline, but 4 POVs what a powerful way to communicate the events of two occupations for Malaya (former Malaysia) both by the British then Japanese, stolen childhoods, difficult motherhood, relationships, and ultimately the choices we make having a ripple effect later down the line. It deals with processing deep guilt and heartbreak. It honestly felt at times like a deep character study and those my favorite kind of stories. They are like catnip to me!


Author Vanessa Chan @vanjchan with be joining @bookfriendsbookclub next Saturday the 10th at 2pm CT if you would like to join the zoom, just let me know!






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