Lotus by Lijia Zhang

IMG_20170303_153253_986A compelling read, with bits of magical learnings about self-worth and candid slow prose to soothe the ridged reality. I liked this a lot, it is only missing a dollop of perceived links between wishful thinking and the actual characters.
The book is structured by chapters with delightful titles, giving a hint about the atmosphere to come.
The slow pace of the prose matches very well the transformation of the main character, Lotus, from massage parlour ji (low class prostitute) to becoming a teacher and heading a school for the migrants’ children who could not afford an education. The transformational factor is Lotus’ relationship with photographer Bing. The story is beautiful yet realistic, not pure fairy tale, which I really enjoyed .
The characters sometimes lack though a particular fluency in their actions, usually depending on others more than on oneself. This indecision is probably what makes the flow of action lacking oomph and at times continuity in my opinion.
All in all, this is a superb novel and I highly recommend it to those who are interested in other cultures and societal factors.
Many thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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