Pearl S Buck weaves a tale that makes you want to read as quickly as possible. The Mother is deserted by her husband to bring up 3 young children and care for her mother-in-law. Her eldest son takes on the role of farmer and works in the fields to provide crops for eating and selling. The daughter is blind and is given away as a bride, but dies before the Mother can visit her.The youngest son she loves the best, but is lazy and ends up in the wrong company, and is beheaded.
The Mother goes through so many emotions trying to do the best for her family and lives to see her grandson born.
This is a story written in 1931 and reads as an old tale,and yet it could be set in the modern day. It is a fantastic read.