This week I had a group of writers over for a meeting. It was nice having them here. They brought food and flowers. They volunteered for upcoming projects. They sprinkled our time together with good will and all those small courtesies that help make our days together pleasant and productive.
You might say their acts of kindness and generosity were only small and ordinary. But I went to bed that night feeling happy and grateful.
The next evening, I was looking for something on Amazon, and I decided to check my novel’s page. My book, Tiger Tail Soup, was published in 2014, and I haven’t been doing anything to market it for a long time. So I was surprised to see a number of new reviews and also happy to see that some of them were quite good.
Despite the fact that I haven’t been bothering to market my own novel, some readers have taken the time to write reviews of it. That’s so nice!
It’s a lot more fun to read than to write a book review. And writing a good one isn’t easy–at least not for me. So I really appreciate the effort these readers made to review my novel.
No matter how hard you work to write a good book, you never know whether people will like it, especially when, like mine, it tells an unusual story.
Reading the reviews left me feeling reassured, confident enough to keep working on my second novel. Thank you, all you book reviewers.
Here are some excerpts from the newest reviews:
– Kay in Seattle, One of the best reads of my year! 5 stars – I was immediately immersed in the story because the author was immersed in the culture, dyed in it. The book was long, but so was the war, as An Lee reminds us at the end, “I am still the same woman, wounded by eight years of war and occupation.”
– Maureen, Unforgettable tale, 5 stars – I can only add more praise to the writing skill and storytelling ability of Nicki Chen. She brings to life An Lee, a young Chinese woman dealing with the reality of war up close.
– Laurel, What I really enjoyed most were the richly detailed glimpses into the everyday … 4 stars – Tiger Tail Soup was an unexpected journey and thoughtful read. Raised by a mother born during the depression era, I was well acquainted with the perceptions and vernacular of western culture’s view of WWII, but entirely ignorant of the human experience and perceptions felt by those eastern societies trapped by the scourge of that same war.