📚 Book Review 📚
Title: The Storm We Made
Author: Vanessa Chan
Publisher: MarySue Rucci Books
Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction
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!
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