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5.0 out of 5 stars An important novel about China, 5 Jan. 2011
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Any reader interested in post-Mao politics in China will find this novel engrossing. It focuses on the lives of certain residents in Muddy River after 1975. Freedom of ideas and thought have still not become part of the lives of the Chinese. One of the residents in Muddy River are Kai a beautiful young woman, married with a child who convinces herself that she can speak out for improvements in the treatment of politicals without severe consequences to herself or her family. To save themselves, her husband and his parents denounce her publically. She is sentenced to be executed. Other characters are Mr and Mrs Hua who looked for girl babies exposed after birth on mountainsides and who bring these girls up as their own much-loved daughters. The authorities remove these girls when they are in their teens leaving the two old people bereft. Nini is a 12-year old who is disfigured and disabled and who is treated as a servant by her parents and is carer to her 5 young sisters. She is finally cared for by the Huas.

This book is wonderful and there are many more characters who will make the reader hopeful for improvement in their difficult lives. Highly recommended.
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