"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
While all the descriptions of history and culture in this book were interesting, I thought they took a lot of focus away from the actual story. I thought See's writing felt dull sometimes, like she's just listing all the customs and traditions. Maybe it's because I already know some things about Chinese culture, footbinding included. But the part about pioneering women writers were informative, though.