30 comments on “How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee | Book Review

  1. Great review, Callum! I liked the comparison with Girl and how it succeeded in drawing out the reader’s emotions and showing the consequences of the war. Not looking forward to the info dump but overall I’m hopeful about getting to read this 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Great review! Based on all the reviews I’ve seen, I’m really looking forward to this novel. And I like how you compared this to Girl – I was hoping (perhaps naively) that neither would be exploitative, but I’m glad/relieved to hear that at least this one isn’t.

  3. You and Laura both did such a good job at comparing these two books – as you know I could not agree more with your conclusions!

  4. Great review! This is one of the titles I have left that I’m most hopeful about, so I’m very glad to see you mostly enjoyed it. I also appreciate the comparison to Girl- that book definitely left me wanting more so it’s good to see that this one does a better job of tackling some of the same elements.

  5. This is a book I was so surprised to like as much as I did (especially for being yet another WWII book), but it’s really nice to see it bringing fresh and important things being put on the spotlight, especially with such sensitivity. Your review is really interesting to read! I really liked how you compared it with Girl, and has set my mind at ease about skipping it (no point in reading something you 100% expect to hate, in my opinion). It’s so interesting that every WP seems to have a few books that kind of “pair up”, like Girl & How We Disasppears, and last year’s… well, every book. I wonder if, as we go on reading the longlist, we will find more pairings like those!

    • I can’t say I’d recommend Girl, sadly. It doesn’t offer anything that this hasn’t already achieved with far greater success.

      Yes, it’s really interesting to find pairings like that! I’m intrigued to look back once I’ve finished the list to see if any more stand out 👀

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  15. Thanks for this excellent review! Feel like I need to add this to my list. ^-^

    Reading this also reminded me a bit of “Women of the Silk”, by Gail Tsukiyama. If you haven’t read it before, you might enjoy it.

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