Saving Fish from Drowning
|Publisher||G. P. Putnam's Sons|
|Media type||Print (Hardback and Paperback)|
The novel was awarded an honorable mention from the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature.
Amy Tan says in her "Note to the Reader" that she drew inspiration for her work from a collection of "Automatic writing... messages from the unseen world." However, in an interview, she recants this explanation and claims that she actually made up the story of Bibi Chen, the protagonist whose story was supposedly passed along through automatic writing.
The story concerns a group of American tourists travelling the Burma Road from China to Myanmar, and the comic confusions that occur when they are kidnapped by a group of Karen people who believe one of the American teenagers to be a prophesied savior; the Americans, for their part, are not even aware they are being kidnapped.
The story is told through the omniscient first person narrative of Bibi Chen, the tour leader who unexpectedly dies before the trip takes place and who continues to watch over her friends as they journey towards their fate.
The novel explores the relationships, insecurities, and hidden strengths of the tourists, set against the uneasy political situation in Burma.
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