"Soy Sauce for Beginners,"
by Kirstin Chen
(Read by Nancy Wu, Brilliance Audio, 7 CDs, 7 hours and 43 minutes)
This lovely little story about familial love, duty, growing up, and finding oneself is perfect for summer listening. When Gretchen Lin leaves San Francisco and her cheating husband, she returns to her native home of Singapore, a difficult and ailing mother, and a family business she hoped to never join – only to discover that embracing one’s past may not be all that bad after all. Narrator Nancy Wu saturates the story with a true Asian accent, several dialects, and variations in tone for the different characters. Grade: B+