San Francisco art patron Bibi Chen has planned a journey of the senses along the famed Burma Road for eleven lucky friends. But after her mysterious death, Bibi watches aghast from her ghostly perch as the travelers veer off her itinerary & embark on a trail paved with cultural gaffes & tribal curses, Buddhist illusions & romantic desires. On Christmas morning, the tourists cruise across a misty lake & disappear.
With picaresque characters and mesmerizing imagery, Saving Fish from Drowning gives us a voice as idiosyncratic, sharp, and affectionate as the mothers of The Joy Luck Club. Bibi is the observant eye of human nature–the witness of good intentions and bad outcomes, of desperate souls & those who wish to save them.
“With humor, ruthlessness, & wild imagination, Tan has reaped a fantastic tale of human longings & (of course) their consequences.” (Elle)