Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Multigenerational Family Mystery
Ghost Cave is a book about the collision of diverse cultures. Taking place in different time periods during the turbulent history of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, it chronicles three generations of one family. Theresa, a Western born Chinese child of immigrants returns to her family's home to chronicle her grandfather's days as a guerrilla fighter. A mysterious man approaches her revealing family secrets that has torn the family apart in the past and she discovers that her ancestry is not all that it seems. A well written account of the many trials that stressed and fractured various generations, Theresa learns that the struggles of her ancestors created the strengths and weakness of the descendants. Do the ghosts of yesterday protect their progeny, no matter what the circumstances? Like James Michener's Hawaii, Ghost Cave is a picture window into a melting pot of a society that westerners can enjoy a rare glimpse.
Carole P. Roman