Book Review: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
As I read the first few pages of Kelli Estes’s intriguing debut novel, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, I was hesitant. Please do not misunderstand me, there is absolutely nothing slow about the beginning of the story, as the reader practically jumps feet first with protagonist Liu Mei Lien into the icy waters of Puget Sound. My hesitation came upon the first chapter as I came to realize that the storyline would be alternating between Mei Lien in the 1800s and present day Inara Erickson. Having previously read a book with a similar storytelling style, which I was not a fan of, I was concerned that “The Girl Who Wrote in Silk” would leave me feeling the same way: unenthusiastic and forcing myself to finish the story. I can safely say that Ms. Estes’s writing proved much more spellbinding as I was completely hooked by the second or third chapter.
As someone who has always had an interest in history I was vaguely aware of the poor treatment of the Chinese immigrants out west around the turn of the century. The novel brought these hardships of this time to light while telling a beautifully heartbreaking story of Mei Lien, her family, and her struggles. By intertwining her story with Inara Erickson, Estes brought awareness of these injustices to present day.
Truly this book has everything I could have asked for in any novel: mystery, history, a touch of adventure and action, with just enough romantic interest and chemistry.
I highly recommend The Girl Who Wrote in Silk to anyone, especially those with an interest in American and/or Chinese-American history, mystery, or just plain, good ol’ fashioned fiction.
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