[...] the product of a talented writer with an exceptional knack for crafting characters. Andher detail-rich, specific diction is evocative, stylistically distinct and authenticates everything about these characters’ worlds. (full review)
[...] the novel is [...] about the power of imagination, and the fictions we maintain about ourselves, in order to keep on being the people we are. [...] If you love reading about mothers and daughters, this is a book for you. (full review)
Belinda’s Rings’ elaborate web of interconnected images and themes make it overall a terrific and evocative read, particularly for those interested in the themes of motherhood and family. (full review)
[...] as vibrant as it is original [...] the story succeeds in capturing family tensions, and the bonds that trump those tensions. The cast and folly in Belinda’s Rings is a great recipe for an offbeat summer read. (full review)
One does not expect to encounter so exquisite a lyric voice in such a plot and setting (and a first novel at that), but just about every word in this book sings, and it was lovely reading from the first page to the last. (full review)
Belinda's and Grace's separate interests stock the novel with marvellous displays of the florid patterns in crop circles and the unnerving qualities of certain sea species. [...] Chong's prose flows so seamlessly that it is easy to overlook the novel's careful structure of interweaving stories. [...] Grace's character is real, her voice is fresh and colourful, and she proves to be a real teenager and a charmingly unreliable narrator. [...] A novel subtly charged with emotion, Belinda's Rings is unmistakably a noteworthy read." (full review)
Corinna Chong's Belinda's Rings[is] especially intriguing for the ways [it] plays with and against the formal and thematic expectations of coming-of-age tales. [...] Chong [...] suggest[s] that we are always coming of age, figuring life out, and that is something to celebrate rather than fear. (full review)
Belinda's Rings by Corinna Chong is one of my favourite recent reads [...]. The tension between mother and daughter is [...] just right, and I adored Grace's pluck. Chong's writing is funny, controlled, and she makes Grace totally endearing.