Leah and her mother, Joan, are criss-crossing over China finding family connections with strangers (and between themselves) during a very dangerous time in China's history, the terror of Tiananmen Square. There are lots of themes of family, honour, understanding, democracy and cultural differences. I found the writing a little muddled at times, I had to read a section a few times to figure out how we jumped from one action to the other. Other than that it is a fabulous story. More of a living history, witnessing events and seeing how they affected their journey. Not a dry history text book filled with dates. This has heart.
It is not exciting or is it going to be a best selling master piece with a movie deal (it is over two decades old, a little too late for that) but it is a story I would recommend for all to read. Sometimes, something small makes us part of something big.