Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Dragonfly Eyes

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Book Review - Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly Eyes

About the Book
In Dragonfly Eyes Ah-Mei and her French grandmother, Nainai, share a rare bond. Maybe it’s because Ah-Mei is the only girl grandchild. Or maybe it’s because the pair look so much alike and neither resembles the rest of their Chinese family. Politics and war make 1960s Shanghai a hard place to grow up, especially when racism and bigotry are rife, and everyone seems suspicious of Nainai’s European heritage and interracial marriage. In this time of political upheaval, Ah-Mei and her family suffer much—and when the family silk business falters, they are left with almost nothing. Ah-Mei and her grandmother are resourceful, but will the tender connection they share bring them enough strength to carry through? This multigenerational saga by one of China’s most esteemed children’s authors takes the reader from 1920s France to a ravaged postwar Shanghai and through the convulsions of the Cultural Revolution.

My Take on the Book
This was a powerful book that shares the story of a family that has many trials and tribulations. One of the things I appreciated was that the book brings in a ton of history of Japan and China. The historical tie in helps the reader to better understand the plight of the family too. As someone that loves historical fiction this book really was one that stood out. While the author does use history throughout the book, it is well coordinated throughout the entire book which makes the book even more enjoyable. 

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