Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen

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Bury What We Cannot Take Read Online Free - The day nine-year-old San San and her twelve-year-old brother, Ah Liam, discover their grandmother taking a hammer to a framed portrait of Chairman Mao is the day that forever changes their lives. To prove his loyalty to the Party, Ah Liam reports his grandmother to the authorities. But his belief in doing the right thing sets in motion a terrible chain of events.

Now they must flee their home on Drum Wave Islet, which sits just a few hundred meters across the channel from mainland China. But when their mother goes to procure visas for safe passage to Hong Kong, the government will only issue them on the condition that she leave behind one of her children as proof of the family’s intention to return.

Title : Bury What We Cannot Take
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ISBN : 1542049709
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 300 pages


Rosh rated it ★★★☆☆

March 30, 2018

This book painted a painful picture of communism in China when the borders closed and the awful choices a family might have to make to get out of there. Did I like it? It was decent but I appreciat the story and intention of the author behind it.

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★☆☆

April 12, 2018

3.5 Twelve year old, Ah Liam is a staunch supporter of the cultural revolution and of Chairman Mao. So much so that he reports his own grandmother for taking a hammer to the picture in their house, the picture every house must have, of their beloved Chairman. Coming from a priviledged background,...

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

March 21, 2018

Bury What We Cannot Take is a captivating novel about one family's attempt to flee from Communist China in 1957. Having been granted only 3 travel visas to Hong Kong for 4 family members, Seok Koon is forced to leave one of her children behind in order to legally exit the country, and Kirsten Che...

Afoma rated it ★★★★★

March 23, 2018

This is one of those books whose titles grabbed me before anything else. I'm pleased to report that the rest of the book is just as evocative as that title. In Maoist China, twelve year old Ah Liam reports his grandmother for vandalizing a portrait of Chairman Mao and so starts a terrible chain o...

Ingrid rated it ★★★★★

March 14, 2018

In Bury What We Cannot Take, a misjudged moment of anger uproots a family. The very beginning of the novel finds twelve-year-old Ah-Liam and nine-year-old San San returning home from school to discover their grandmother kneeling before the family altar and crying, her skirt partially hiding a ham...

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

April 02, 2018

After an impulsive action is reported by one of its members, a family is forced to flee early communist China for Hong Kong, leaving behind one of the children with the hope that the child will be able to follow behind soon. I was entranced pretty much right away by this novel, and I wanted to kn...

Atheinne rated it ★★★★☆

March 29, 2018

Provided only three permits/visas available given to a family of four, which family members would you bring with you to a place far from the rule of communism? Your choices are: A. Your mother-in-law (grandmother of your children) B. Your first child (son) C. Your second child (daughter) In the case...

Columbus rated it ★★★☆☆

March 30, 2018

I absolutely devoured the first 60 percent of this tale set in 1957 communist China. A family seeking to flee an islet bordering China to Hong Kong after an unfortunate incident by one of the family members. Only three travel visas are allowed to insure that the family returns back to China. The...

Jacqueline rated it ★★★★☆

March 29, 2018

I look forward to reading more works by this author. Captivating story, well-written and interesting characters, but it did feel a bit too short and surface level. I feel like most of the time long books could be much shorter, but in this case I feel like this book should have been longer. Noneth...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2018

3.5 stars, rounding up for storytelling

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