Beautifully written story with the 1937 Japanese invasion of China as its background. There were many hard truths touched upon: Girls being abandoned so that the rest of the family can survive is one of these truths. The cruelty of the Chinese Government to its own people is another. Janie Chang mixed historical facts with great storytelling. There are characters who are odd, but endearing. I loved this, and I'm keeping the book as opposed to my usual donate. I firmly believe I will revisit this story again in my lifetime. Albeit I have never purposefully reread any book but my Bible, when I look at the beautiful cover and my donate bag, I can't let go.
This is one book where knowing the ending can take the second read to a new level.
I read along with the audio, and thought the narrator was good. Her main voice was beautiful and calming. I didn't care and cringed early on at some of the other impersonations. Overall, without the audio I would not have been able to enjoy (my loss) due to all the Chinese, etc., names.
Oh there is always a but, I don't like the deckled edges.