Last Kiss in Tiananmen Square by Lisa Zhang Wharton
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I have always been attracted by Chinese culture, and have been to China several times, including Tiananmen Square after the bloodshed described in this book.
The story depicted a very modern look into what seems to be everyday struggles of the student and working population, with great emphasis on perceiving migrating to the US as the solution to all problems.
But I was more concerned about how this novel was difficult to read. Once I understood that it was written in English-as-a-second-language I became more flexible and just imagined that I was in China listening to the Chinese narrator speak in English. This worked for me. I am not sure most English-speaking readers will adjust the same way.
I would recommend serious editing. The Tiananmen Square massacre deserves to be told and understood faultlessly.