Much of the facility of the narrative derives from Yang's multi-generational, cross-class point of view. She invokes the myths, legends, folklore, and native customs that surrounded her and brings to lifestyles the various those who have been instrumental in her lifestyles: her nanny, a negative lady who raised her from a child and whose personality is conveyed throughout the bedtime stories she spins; her father; and her cherished grandmother, who died as a result of political persecution she suffered.
Spanning the years from 1950 to 1980, Rae Yang's tale is evocative, complicated, and advised with outstanding candor. it's some of the most rapid and interesting narratives of lifestyles in post-1949 China.
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