Aug 05, 09
Read in March, 2007
Given that the author is the new director of the Iowa Writers Workshop, I was surprised that the story was told from only one perspective, much of it in third person, in strictly chronological order--nothing cutting edge about the style. And it's a familiar formula that follows 3 generations of women & the relationships between mothers & daughters & the women & their men. But it is a very compelling story set mostly in the years leading up to China's Communist Revolution. Once again I wonder why there are so many good books set during the Chinese Revolution & none that I've found set during the Cuban Revolution.