I’m reading it for a book club and so far I LOVE it. I love historical fiction and love reading books by Asian American authors so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.
I’ve only read the first few chapters and have already found See‘s writing to be beautiful and emotionally moving. The theme of female friendship and and See‘s detailed description of 19th century China make for a mesmerizing read!
I’d never heard of nu shu (女書, nǚ shū in pīn yīn) — secret writing used by women in China to communicate with their female friends — and am fascinated that this was See‘s inspiration for this book. Will have to do some research and see what I can learn about it.