|A touchingly complex immersion in the lives and culture of the Akha mountain minorities in China, with all the beautiful and mixed up feelings one can get while reading about love, loss, hierarchical struggle and fight for overcoming the social condition as a woman.
And what a spectaculat journey it has been for Li-Yan! Lisa See managed to capture so well the strength and candor of love in all its forms: mother to daughter, mother to granddaughter, wife to husband, Girl to her roots, love for traditions and tea.
This journey is three-fold in my opinion. Firstly, Li-Yan’s life, her mistakes, loss, success in business and loving again and finding what she was looking for. Secondly, Haley’s growing up and rediscovering her own roots and herself. Last but not least, the changes in Chinese culture in the years after the Cultural Revolution.
There is another angle to the story, the permanance of “lineage”, of respecting and trusting the elders, traditions in as much as possible.
The ending is absolutely heart breaking in a beautiful way literally and stilistically. I kept re-reading the last pages for half an hour and still I kept absorbing the phrases.It is absolutely a must read, even if you have never read any book by Lisa See.
Release date is March 21st, 2017.
Thanks so much to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.