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  • Literary Titan

    Rabbit in the Moon, by Heather Diamond, is a gripping account of her life, a forty something Hawaiian and her husband Fred, who is from right outside of metropolitan Hong Kong. The memoir tracks her life starting from Texas, to Hawaii, to Hong Kong and then to the Continental US. Starting with how she meets her future husband at a conference in Hawaii, it explores the ups and downs of her relationship and her own life. The writing style is engaging. Even though it’s an account of a real life, with no plot twists or cliff-hangers, yet the book manages to keep you gripped and is hard to put down. The language is simple and easy to understand yet descriptive enough to take you to the place the author talks about.  The emphasis on underlying themes is brought out beautifully without letting it hijack the entire narration. This is an engaging and impassioned memoir that touches on intercultural marriage but is about so much more. Other themes explored are the importance of family, contrasting the culture of America and Hong Kong, most importantly living life and bearing its ups and downs with bravery and courage. It is a thought-provoking book about new beginnings, and finding a path in life no matter the age. The fascinating mid-life reinventions of this forty something year old woman is what kept me back to this book again and again. The overall tone of the book is humble. There is no room for harshness, being self-critical or setting unrealistic expectations. It presents the bare thought and emotions without trying to cross over any moral bar. Memoirs can often get preachy, but I really enjoyed how Heather Diamond's story simply conveys her life journey, as it happened, as unbiased as possible. There is a certain softness yet courage to the overall tone that makes you connect to Heather, which is the best part about the book. Rabbit in the Moon is a compelling memoir that will appeal to anyone looking for a heartwarming true story of a cross-cultural relationship and the candid reactions of a woman who takes it all on with vigor.

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  • A satisfying read

    Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite Rabbit in the Moon by Heather Diamond is a fascinating memoir centering around the marriage between a white American and her Chinese husband from Hong Kong. At forty-five years old and married, Heather is studying in China for the summer when she meets Fred, who could not be more different from her past two husbands. A chance meeting leads to a whirlwind affair, and Heather's swept away in multiple mid-life reinventions. Accompanying Fred to see his large, boisterous family on the Hong Kong island of Cheung Chau, Heather struggles to adjust to a completely different culture and its many traditions. Moving seamlessly between Hawaii, Hong Kong, and the continental US, this book is an honest, finely crafted meditation on intercultural marriage, the importance of family, and finding the courage to follow your dreams. I was first attracted to this book because of the beautiful cover, but I fell in love with it for its content. As a Chinese Indonesian, I recognize several customs and beliefs that Heather Diamond describes and love learning more about my homeland. Having visited Hong Kong, I can attest to the discomfort of not speaking Cantonese and relying on others' translations. In Rabbit in the Moon, Heather points out the fascinating differences between her culture and her husband's. Despite her struggles, Heather is open-minded and respectful, exemplifying the perfect attitude in a foreign culture. As for the romance aspect, Heather keeps it real with her description of an imperfect but sweet relationship with Fred where both still have room to grow. The seamless transitions between Hong Kong and the US make this a satisfying cultural read. Heather ultimately gives me the strength to follow my dreams even when everyone else thinks I am crazy.

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