I was really enthused by the pitch and Amy Tan carried on marvelously into the first chapter and subsequent ones. The book involves some research, which gave the story authenticity. However, the story bogged down in some places, interrupting what could have been a great flow. Overall, it is a deep story and the characterization came out right. In fact, snippets of it reminded me of Tatiana in the story Splendid Comets. Anyway, the book is a worthy read.