Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of Like Wind Against Rock by Nancy Kim

A hold from the library came in and I was able to pick up a real hardback book. I love the tactile sensations of turning pages but I miss the highlight feature of my Kindle. Instead, I old school take notes of lines that grab me. Alrighty, let’s go.

My review brought over from Goodreads: I love the familiar theme of life choices. To take chances or to settle. Is there any way to control who we love? It’s nice that there’s no ending. Let’s see how this plays out … just like Alice and Rick. It wasn’t until I was most of the way through that I realized this wasn’t non-fiction. The author being named Nancy Kim and not Alice Chang should’ve been my clue but oh well. I enjoy when lines are blurred and fiction is that realistic.

Here are a few of my notes credit to author Nancy Kim …

  • It’s a living, but is it a life?
  • Time for me doesn’t fly as much as tiptoe past, as though trying not to draw attention to itself like an early departing guest at a bad party.
  • My daughter, on the other hand, is the product of all my efforts, my hopes, and my dreams … Perhaps that is why she is a failure. When I see Alice, I see frustration, broken promises, missed opportunities. I see myself, unfinished and unfulfilled.
  • … the idea of my own son-in-law working a nine-to-five job with benefits saddens me.
  • I turn and I look at Victor. My son. Is he any less my son because we share none of the same genetic material?
  • But then it occurs to me that maybe Bertha doesn’t really want to lose weight. Maybe what she really wants is another cookie. Maybe what she really wants is for everyone else to accept her the way she is so that she can stop pretending to want to diet.
  • You have more need of time than it does of you.

Okay, guess that’s it unless I wanted to transcribe the whole book. Recommended read. Definitely two thumbs up.

As always, more to come.

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