"A beautifully crafted tale of three successive generations of women in a family caught up in the events of Chinese history. The fact that it is all true simply makes it even more difficult to put down"
"Written from the point of view of one of the most delightful characters in English Literature this is a book I didn't read until very recently and I am kicking myself for not discovering it earlier.."
"A frightening vision of a future where religion and politics have destroyed American society. Yet what sticks in my mind is the basic hope and humanity that surfaced from this novel - a beautiful read"