Listen to the Squawking Chicken is an intriguing memoir of growing up in Canada and Hong Kong – with The Squawking Chicken for a mother. The cultural differences are both mesmerizing and horrifying, but always fascinating. Elaine Lui's childhood made me cringe and howl with laughter by turns. Recommended for any North American who wants a look a a completely different mother/daughter relationship!
What Went Well:
- Liu is great at cultural interpretation of things most North Americans wouldn't otherwise understand
- The absurdity of things really shines through
Even Better If:
- Some of Mother's actions weren't defended - they are indefensible!
- Liu didn't universally refer to her mother as "The Squawking Chicken"
The publisher provided this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Release date 22 April 2014.