Genre: literary fiction
Objective rating: 5/5
This is a story not only about Chinese-Americans but about adoptions, infertility, mother-daughter relationships, and teen angst. Set in an affluent suburb of Cleveland, Mia and her daughter Pearl arrive and hope this time this is a place they can stay after years of wandering around the U.S.
But the adoption of an abandoned Chinese infant by an American family brings conflict to the town and involves Mia and her daughter. What happens when the mother of the child appears and wants her baby returned?
I loved that the book involved so many different issues and themes. The characters are complex yet believable and the plot very revealing of human nature.
I highly recommend this novel for those interested in the above themes and those who enjoy good literary fiction.