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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
My Impossible Life by Liza Cheuk May Chan is an incredible memoir that follows the life of a Chinese woman from her early upbringing in Hong Kong and her coming of age in New York City, where she completed her undergraduate studies in the 1970s. She would earn her graduate degree as a “foreign student” in the US and move on to practice as a lawyer who gets referred to as “the Chin Case lawyer.” The reader follows her work as she battles health challenges until she becomes a paraplegic in the early 2000s. A new chapter opens in her life, one that compels her to consider things she never thought about before, and to embark on a spiritual journey that will inspire readers and teach them many lessons about life, love, and healing.
Liza Cheuk May Chan’s story is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom for the reader, a story that depicts what it was like to be raised in a Chinese family in the 1950s and the 1960s. The story has a powerful historical and international setting and I enjoyed the way the cultural elements of the story come out through the narrative and the place that family dynamics hold in the story. The writing is fluid and flawless, filled with vivid descriptions and images that will excite the imagination of the reader. My Impossible Life compels the reader to look at life through the eyes of the protagonist, thanks to great character development, the emotionally charged passages and the insightful reflections that punctuate the narrative. This book isn’t just a memoir; it is a spiritual classic, a journal of a soul in search of her destiny.