New Book: Listen To The Squawking Chicken By Elaine Lui
The title alone is enough for me to say SURE!
Who wouldn’t want to read an advanced reader copy about a Squawking Chicken?
I might not have read the press release real closely about The Squawking Chicken part…
Wait, this isn’t a novel? It’s a memoir of sorts about the author’s mother. (AKA a really loud and extremely red-fingernailed Chinese Canadian immigrant.)
She wrote an exposé about her MOTHER??
Here’s the real gossip.
Elaine Lui is a well-known Canadian gossip columnist. She writes her own blog, taps out witty tweets and appears on television. She attends swanky after-Oscar parties and pretty much lives in a world totally cooler than most folks can imagine. I’m now following her everywhere, I even watched her TED talk. I’m not into celebrity gossip, and I hate People magazine. But ‘Lainey’ is hilarious and makes fun of the celebs in equal part with reporting their Tabloid doings.
This book ISN’T about her story.
It’s about a feisty mother who reinvented herself several times.
It’s fascinating. It’s funny. And there are a lot of papayas involved.
I read most of it in the last few hours of my flight—Post-Melatonin.
I was expecting a Mother-Daughter-Love-Hate story along the lines of an early Amy Tan book. I’m a sucker for books like that where I get to see deep inside another culture with enough ties to my own culture to really enjoy the pain and joy and sorrow and gritty real life.
Yes, it is a mother-daughter-love-hate relationship described in these pages. But Elaine is a well-adjusted kid who grew up loving her wacky mother and maybe even appreciating the lessons learned even if the method of delivery was in terms of ‘Pre-Shaming’ and ‘Feng Shui Blackmail’. —I’ll never look at a papaya the same way again.
Plus there is a whole list of ‘Low Classy’ behaviors I’m still confused by… Please Please Please don’t tell her mom that I’m a leg jiggler!
It’s no wonder Elaine Lui grew up to be a professional gossip.
You’ll see after reading, she learned from the best.
Also I’m now DYING to learn how to play Mah-Jong.
No, not the app on your phone.
The kind where a Chinese mob boss breaks down your door!
I give Listen to the Squawking Chicken 4 Stars.
- Definitely you should read it. Totally worth the $9.99 Kindle price.
- It’s available today—special for Earth Day!
(Maybe it’s an auspicious Feng Shui day her mother picked? Wait… too many fours?)
- It’s PG-13 for swearing, but not so awful my mother couldn’t read it.
This would be brilliant as a book club choice. Because, everyone has their own mother-daughter-love-hate story to share and everyone learned something from their own squawking mother.
I’m still confused by the papayas by the way.
Disclaimer: I was given this book to read if I chose at no cost to me.
I was not expected to write about it. My opinions and papaya confusions are all my own.