An Ancestral Tale
By Belle Yang
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393068344, 256pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2010
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InForget Sorrow, Yang makes her debut into the graphic form with the story of her father's family, reunited under the House of Yang in Manchuria during the Second World War and struggling both together and individually to weather poverty, famine, and, later, Communist oppression. The parallels between Belle Yang's journey of self-discovery and the lives and choices of her grandfather, his brothers, and their father (the Patriarch) speak powerfully of the conflicts between generations and of possibilities for reconciliation. Forget Sorrow demonstrates the power of storytelling and remembrance, as Belle in telling this story finds the strength to honor both her father and herself.