This is an absolutely beautiful book. I was made to read it in a Women's Lit class, but loved it. My Yahoo Mail signature is a quote from this book:
"Perhaps women where once so dangerous that they had to have their feet bound"
Read this book in college - liked it so much I also got Trickster Monkey which is about the men in the family coming to America. This book is the woman's/girl's point of view - half American and half Chinese. Lot of insights on Chinese social and family structures, engrossing story - autobiographical for the author but written as fiction because it is blended with fairy tales and ghost stories.
This book is difficult to get into at times, but the cultural elements that it reveals are fascinating. More than that, the stories are generally truly intriguing. There is a lot of depth here that almost seems to require at least a second reading to appreciate. There was a bit too thin of a line between story and truth, as well as generalizations and accurate representation, for me, but that is almost nitpicking. My one big issue is that the outright Chinese stories, such as the one about Fa Mulan, take up a bit too much space in the book when I am wanting to read about Kingston. Still, extremely worth reading as a whole. Many of the family stories are extremely sad, but they pulled me in nonetheless.