Two Tales Of The Moon
Two Tales of the Moon by Jennifer Sun is about a couple, Lu Li and Will who meet during an economic crisis, but also the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and all the dynamics and complexities that are inherent in such a connection. My own mother and I have always had sort of a complicated relationship.
It was wonderful to read such a smartly written story in which I saw a lot of myself and my mother’s relationship. It was unexpected but has opened a new line of thought regarding my connection with her. There is a lot about our family history that has come to light in the last several years that has caused some fundamental changes in the way we all have viewed our family. I love my mother, but I’d never say that we’ve been very emotionally close. I’m hoping to change that.
For a debut novel, I am so very impressed with Jennifer Sun. I’m certain that she didn’t write this novel with the intent that it might affect a reader the way it has affected me, but I hope that it will bring her a sense of joy and accomplishment that it has done so.
The love story of Will Donovan and Lu Li in the book is a great one, too, I don’t mean at all to ignore it. I was invested in their story throughout the book and enjoyed the interaction between the two characters very much. When I started reading this book, I was thinking it would just be a great summer read, I had no idea how it would affect me on a deeper, familial level.
The moon, as a motif woven into the fabric of the stories in the book, is the moon steeped in the Chinese myth and culture, symbolic of both separation and reunion, love and despair, longing and fulfillment.
It’s 2009, and America’s economic interest in China is increasing at a rapid pace, along with China’s ambition to become a superpower. A high-profile, joint-venture deal between two U.S. and Chinese cyber technology companies has unforeseen consequences as Will Donovan, an exNavy engineer and free-spirited cyber technology entrepreneur meets Lu Li, the straight arrow, successful Wall Street investment banker and life as they know it is never the same again.
Despite their night and day personality and background differences, the attraction is intense and undeniable as they first meet. They meet as the cyber technology companies merge. They meet and realize the high stake deal is a game of corruption and deceit. Together they have to face moral and ethical dilemmas, make life choices and come to terms with their past. Can their love survive all this?
Disclaimer: I was provided this title free of charge to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.