Confucius Jane

Confucius Jane

Book - 2016
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"On leave from grad school, Jane Morrow has a new job, helping out in her uncle's fortune cookie factory, and a new roommate--her precocious 11-year-old cousin. Though surrounded by her loving family and their close-knit Chinatown community, Jane feels like a colossal failure. Writing fortunes is a kind of poetry, but Jane is penning words of wisdom for strangers while wondering if she will ever have the guts to move on with her dissertation and her life. When Jane meets medical student Sutton St. James at her local noodle shop, sparks fly. Sutton stands at a career crossroads: surgical residency at an Ivy League university or stem cell research overseas? The first would make her ultra-conservative father--the former Surgeon General--happy, but the latter might help find a cure for her mother's debilitating MS. Neither would make them comfortable with their daughter's sexuality. Ever striving for perfection, Sutton's only certainty is that she has no time for a relationship--yet neither she nor Jane can deny the chemistry between them. Sutton quickly becomes a fixture in Jane's community... and in her life. Jane opens a whole new world to Sutton--beloved traditions, caring neighbors, and warm family, so unlike Sutton's cold, sterile upbringing. And Sutton inspires Jane to be more ambitious and to dream again--and challenges her to have faith in herself. It's a picture-perfect romance until Sutton's father's scandalous secret threatens her family and her reputation. In her rush to protect Jane and the community she has come to hold dear, has Sutton turned her back on the only thing that truly matters? Confucius Jane is a rich and charming novel that vividly depicts New York City's Chinatown while taking the reader on a touching journey of family, faith, and love"--
Publisher: New York :, Forge Books,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Description: 345 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780765383792
0765383799
9780765381682
0765381680
Branch Call Number: Lync

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emilyc2017
Aug 01, 2017

I give this book a high rating because of the purity of the romance between Sutton and Jane. Neither of them set out to fall in love. They both had complicated lives that kept them from prioritizing a romantic endeavor in any kind of way. But the chemistry was there and their devotion and commitment towards what is required of a loving partner was also there. When this happens then you have no choice but to fall in love.

8lynne Nov 16, 2016

good characters. enjoyable read. ignore the snarky comments.

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hunderbar
Aug 24, 2016

I struggled to finish this amateurish attempt at a novel. Not sure why. If I were this author's creative writing instructor in anything past high school, she would get a failing grade.
If she is attempting edginess with an LGBTQ or biracial angle, this is an even bigger fail. This was almost too vanilla for words. definitely too vanilla for Chinese cuisine/characters or calligraphy.

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jimg2000
Mar 17, 2016

Wow! an intriguing title and story premise that a Caucasian author's debut novel about a Chinese/Irish poetess who created fortune cookie messages in NYC Chinatown, and her love affair with a Medical student who chose to frequent a noodle shop ... Unfortunately, not much about Confucious, poetry and little new on medicine. Gave up after about a third through.

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