Her Mother’s Voice
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Book Synopsis:

Her Mother’s Voice is about the mother-daughter relationship and cultural conflicts. It is about a Chinese mother who is dying of cancer and her adult daughter, Emily.

Emily consciously and unconsciously struggles with her Chinese identity due to her experiences of racism and alienation, growing up as a second generation Canadian in a mid-sized Ontario town. She struggles against being the good and dutiful Chinese daughter, yet finds herself playing this role. Consequently, she finds herself searching for a professional who can help cure her mother’s cancer. Western and Chinese medicine are pitted against each other.

In addition, she has been hiding her romantic relationships from her mother. Now with her mother dying, she is forced to face her fears and become open about her current relationship with a White Anglo-Saxon man.


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Her Mother's Voice

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Emily's struggle to be her own person vs remaining a dutiful/obedient daughter to her strict "old school" Mother was very real and easy to relate to. Parent/Child dynamics are rarely easy and when you throw in a very difficult health crisis (Ma's cancer diagnosis), the old hurts and arguments come to the forefront. Emily's struggle was very real...bravo to Anna Woo for her honest and heartfelt writing.
Helen Klassen, Toronto