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The Fear of Voiceless Ghosts and the Hunger for Reconciliation—“The Bonesetter’s Daughter” by Amy Tan

What if a little girl could get a better childhood through silence? What if she could get attention, affection, gifts and praise beyond her imagination for following one rule: don’t speak a single word? At a crucial moment, this seemed to be a very real option for six-year-old Ruth Young in The Bonesetter’s Daughter.

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