I was immediately drawn into this book by this unique character and the first person plural narration.
It took me three days to read it and that was not because it was a long book… it was reluctance to continue reading it. But the tensions between the four sisters are still unresolved, her father is as domineering as ever, and her mother is wholly compliant, just as before. To say that she keeps putting her foot in it, is putting it mildly.
But intelligent as she is, Natasha does not seek help with a counsellor but struggles on alone within this noisy demanding family.
Australian author Alice Pung in Growing up Asian in Australia and her memoir Unpolished Gem has written frankly about the intergenerational conflict that can arise when families migrate from countries with different attitudes towards the older generation.
In The Healing Party Lee shows the reader ways in which members of the family adapt in different ways but still defer to the older generation. In some ways they are not a stereotypical wealthy Chinese-Australian family of high achievers.
However, apart from Natasha, the women have what is in Australia an old-fashioned attitude towards the inevitability of marriage and the sisters who have successful relationships pity the one who does not. None of them stand up to this bully: It is quite harrowing to read about her treatment in hospital being accompanied by ecstatic prayer and song.
I have lived this experience with a dying friend of mine who was a born-again Christian, and the hospital intervened for her sake and the sake of the other patients.
And this I think is the unresolved nub of the novel: My generation knows how the Vietnam War divided families for decades, and the conscription issue divided families in the early 20th century.The Healing Party comes with impressive credentials. It’s been nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and the blurb is by Helen Garner who calls it a wild family drama, shot through with a furious, pure and grieving love.
But it’s a difficult book for unbelievers because it.
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