White Ghost Girls

by Alice Greenway

I was originally interested in the title because it tells of two young girls in Hong Kong.

The author herself grew up in Hong Kong, and this beautiful fiction likely has some autobiographic elements in it.  The story is told through the eyes of Kate, an innocent American girl, younger sister to the more rebellious Frankie.  While their father photographs the Vietnam war for Time magazine, the girls live with their mother in Hong Kong, a safer haven to shield them from the horrors of war.  However, there is no escape from the turbulent political situation, which posts a omnimous fascination for the girls. 

While the war is in the backdrop, this certainly is no epic tale.  It is a touching, intimate story about two sisters close to each other in an unfamiliar world and fearful time, and growing apart as they enter adolescent and test their individuality.

Published in: on February 5, 2007 at 6:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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