Review: The Better Mother by Jen Sookfong Lee
When Danny was a boy he met Val, a stripped who goes by the stage name The Chinese Kitten. As he grows up he always wondered what it would be like to have Val as a mother as he struggles to connect with his own mother due to cultural differences.
Later in the novel we hear Val's story of how she became a stripper, how she became a mother, and what happens to her child.
Her and Danny reconnect later in the book and they help each other to heal and ask the important question of what it means to be a good mother. Ultimately this question goes unanswered through the novel, but it explores elements of the true answer.
I really enjoyed this novel. I rate it an 8/10. Ms. Lee's style is very fluid and easy to read. The characters that she builds are relatable and feel very real. An exceptional books.