Advance Praise for Belinda's Rings
"Quirky and deeply felt, Belinda's Rings draws obsessive circles around the human heart, revealing the raw connections between mothers and daughters, wives and husbands. Chong's voice is fresh and soulful."
"Belinda's Rings is about childhood and adolescence and sisters and mothers and piano lessons, but it’s also about UFOs and mysterious squids and stunningly beautiful crop circles near Stonehenge. The writing has a mesmerising grace and an Atwoodian fascination with science and swirling fractals and deep sea divers and puzzling family bonds. Belinda's Rings is a vital vibrant gem."
–Mark Anthony Jarman
Belinda's Rings: a Novel (Buy on amazon.ca)
Named by Salty Ink as one of the finest four novels from the first half of 2013
Half-Asian teenager Grace (but she’d prefer it if you called her “Gray” instead) is dead set on becoming a marine biologist rather than being anything like her mother, Belinda. She’d leave that role to her sister Jess instead, who’s a supermom-in-the-making.
Belinda herself is somewhat obsessed as well, by crop circle books and imagery, and abruptly runs out on her family, flying across the Atlantic in order to study the real thing in the English countryside. Grace and her sister are left alone to take care of the house, their rapidly-deteriorating stepfather, and their peculiar little brother, Squid.
Belinda’s Rings weaves together the coming-of-age of a young biracial woman with the mid-life crisis of her mother. With warmth, kindness and a boisterous sense of humour, Corinna Chong introduces us to two loveable and thoroughly original female protagonists: persnickety, precocious Grace, and her impractical, impulsive mother, Belinda—very different women who nevertheless persistently circle back into each other’s hearts.
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