My Impossible Life

Non-Fiction - Memoir
744 Pages
Reviewed on (not set)
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

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.