There is no other way to say it than this: Song of the Silk Road is not up to Yip’s previous standards. The writing style is more awkward than in her previous novels, and the pacing of the story’s events is like a cross between a breathless band camper returning from home to report on all the happenings and an action hero who survives drowning, scorpion attacks and quicksand. Lily is perhaps believable, but is ultimately an unlikable protagonist.

Lily Lin is an aspiring writer who is having an affair with her creative writing instructor, waiting tables in New York to survive. When she is contacted by a law firm about an inheritance from a long-lost aunt, it seems her dreams have come true. The strings attached to that inheritance take her on a long, dark journey through the past, along China’s Silk Road, and Lily wonders just how much she would be willing to sacrifice for the fortune offered to her by her aunt. (KENSINGTON, Apr., 352 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Victoria Frerichs