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October 06, 2010


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Great interview. I was able to attend on of Ms. Kwok's readings a few months ago where she addressed a few of the same questions you had for her. I'm looking forward to her next novel.

bermudaonion (Kathy)

What a lovely interview! Thanks for including the spoiler alert - I avoided it since I haven't read the book yet.


Great interview!!
I just read this book (have the review written but not posted yet) and I loved it!! Definitely one of my favorites of the year! Love the questions and answers here. I loved the use of language throughout the book (which I wrote about in my review too). That last part of the interview gave me some good insight into what happened. That's cool that the characters are going to show up in other books!

Linsey Krolik

Wonderful interview. I loved this book and have both the paper and ebook versions - the first and only book I have in these two forms, so it was fun to read Jean Kwok's thoughts on different versions of books.

The ending was stunning to me. I appreciate the insights into why this was the "right" ending.

Looking forward to meeting Kimberly again in the future.

Gayle Weiswasser

Thanks so much for the comment, Linsey - glad you found her answers as satisfying as I did!


Gayle, I LOVED this book, and the interview adds layers of richness to my experience of it--thanks!

One of my favorite parts of the novel was how easily we could see K's growing sophistication with the language and culture, and I was happy to see Kwok address that here.

Reading GiT has motivated me to learn more about the circumstances of my family's emigration to the U.S. at the beginning of the last century. If I ever write about it, I hope I could be just half as skilled as Kwok.

Gayle Weiswasser

Thanks, Len! Glad that the questions helped make the book even better for you. They did for me too.


I really wanted to address the ending in my post on it, but knew I couldn't for fear of spoiling it for others. At least I can finally say here that I loved, loved, loved the ending! They may have been passionate about each other, but it was clear that they didn't belong together, and I was so afraid during the book that it was going to turn into an artificial ending. I'm so glad it did not.

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Thanks for posting this interview! I really enjoyed it! I haven't read her book, but I definitely have to check it out now. But it has already added more depth to the novel, having these insights from the author.

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