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Bloomsbury USA, 3/2011
My own fascination with China began when I read the Good Earth in high school and has continued more recently with Anchee Min's work, so I had to read this latest novel! Author Min has crafted a fanciful, yet believable world for Pearl Buck through the voice of an imagined Chinese woman named Willow. Forming a spiritual and emotional bond as children, the two girls continue an deepen their friendship while a changing China swirls around them (the Boxer Rebellion, civil war, and Mao's rule). Eventually separation and jealousies test their relationship many times but the bond endures even beyond death. Min is a gifted and lyrical writer who has created an unforgettable cross-cultural story.
- Reviewed by Janet