Anna loves living with her glamorous parents in Shanghai in the 1930's. Unfortunately, political upheaval creates a risky existance for wealthy Americans abroad. When Anna's mother takes Anna back to California to grow up in safety, the young girl believes the separation is temporary. Her father remains behind in China and is kidnapped and tortured until his eventual release and escape to the US. Unfortunately, as much as he loves Anna, he also loves Shanghai, and Anna's parents are forced to painfully examine their relationships with each other, their daughter, and China.
The review of this Book prepared by Holly H
Gerry Greenberg on 6/12/2015 10:16:40 AM says: Liked: vivid historical view of pre-WWII Shanghai and Los Angeles, entirely credible memoir-style account of the family's history.
Disliked: Lack of complexity/ambiguity/human irrationality in dealing with characters' decisions and emotions.