Ford is a graceful, empathetic storyteller, and he is at his best here. This tale is loosely based on a real Chinese woman who came to the US in the mid-1800s and was briefly popular on stage, where audiences cheered her on as an exotic novelty. It was not a happy life. Across generations and genes, her descendants share her and each other’s traumas, until one woman in our not-too-distant future has the opportunity to confront and reclaim their stories. Using a creative blend of both historical and science fiction, Ford once again pulls us in, and leaves us cheering and wiser at the end.
–Victoria, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA