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Soy Sauce for Beginners
Soy Sauce for Beginners | Kirstin Chen
4 posts | 9 read | 7 to read
Gretchen Lin leaves behind a floundering marriage to return to her Singapore home, where she confronts the challenges of her mother's alcoholism and her father's artisanal soy sauce business before being pulled into a family controversy.
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essayareayaitch
Pickpick

Listened to audio version. Gretchen is hard to relate to at first. She's basically whiny, and has the "why me", let's not get too invested in something temporary thing going on. But she slowly starts to accept the, and makes changes without realizing. Then she gets over herself. Wish she got over herself earlier, but glad it happened.

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teddysj3789
Mehso-so

A pretty straightforward personal and family affair surrounding the main character whom I wish could have been more firm after everything she‘s been thru. A catchy title to capture readers‘ attention but I am not sure if the story really brings the title home. Overall, easy read, fun in some parts but could have been more meaty in its storytelling.

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Herschelian
Mehso-so

A young Singaporean Chinese woman who has been educated and lives in the USA, as her marriage has failed she goes back to Singapore where she becomes involved in the management of the family‘s Soy Sauce business. There is some interesting stuff in the book about how soy sauce is made, and about the different expectations of the older and younger generations, but she is so self absorbed and selfish I couldn‘t stand her. Nearly DNF.

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tjwill
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Pickpick

The main character has just separated from her husband and leaves San Francisco to go home to Singapore to find herself, while she works at her family's soy sauce factory. I learned everything I know about artisanal soy sauce production, and enjoyed the depiction of Singaporean culture. #septphotochallenge