"Artfully woven, exquisitely modulated, walking a master’s line between ancient Chinese myth and the grit of immigrant life in the Sacramento Delta, Water Ghosts tells the unforgettable story of a town brought to its knees by loneliness and longing. Complicated, compassionate, haunting, Shawna Yang Ryan’s novel feels more like tapestry than words on paper, her prose less like sentences, and more like song."
How true! Here is an excerpt from Shawna Ryan's Water Ghosts:
"The startled egrets stretch their wings and lift up like incandescent sheets being shaken to dry..."
And here is Shawna during her May 5th, 2009 visit to Kepler's, talking about her book: