Set in the 1920s. Girl in China trys to immigrate to America. There is culture clash and issues with her being female. Beautifully written. Her father doesn't want to go and doesn't like her especially. However, no one is written as one dimensional. Even her father wants a good future for her in his own way, he just can't understand her. For example when asked why doesn't he want China to modernize, he says "So we can have deadlier armies? So our government can take land that does not belong to them? So we can force people to worship as we do? The things done in the name of modernization thing seem backward to me."
Under current runs as to what is love. She wants to know the love that's in stories. However she does find love, but it is as it should be. Mostly good things and some bad things that you'll put up with. Her travel to America is real history with action and suspense. With characters you can connect to, this book will transport you into her life. (Also the cover, which is brilliant, will make sense about half thru page 175.)
This is one of those books you are curious about after reading the description; that isn't perfect, but the lack of perfection doesn't really matter. I have never, ever, read anything like this book. It was a completely new topic (Chinese Immagration, Angel Island, Tongs) for me, totally unpredictable (well... almost completely). While I don't really get all of Jade Moon's choices (and I shouldn't, as she's a different person than I), I enjoyed reading it. I loved how it didn't seem completely foreign and strange, though it's set in China, Angel Island, and Chinatown. Possibly that's because of some lack of description, but I actually appreciated that. Some books about China I've read (or tried to read), I feel like a totaly stranger, for some reason. I didn't feel that way reading this.
I CAN see how Jade Moon and Sterling Promise were good for eachother, totally can, but it wasn't developed. It was like Jade Moon hated Sterling Promise and suddenly, as she pushed him away was like I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. awkward, but I can see how their personalities match which is a really good thing. Loved the end scene so much!!
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