This one follows the life of a Chinese woman during the 19th century and centers upon her contracted relationship with another woman - an intense friendship that is a source of joy and regret. The story follows them from the pain of footbinding, marriage, childbirth, surviving an invasion, cholera, to the end of their lives. The women write to each other using the women's written language, particular to their region. It was extremely interesting, but I felt a bit distant from the characters - it was always in the back of my mind that this society had child mutilation firmly entrenched it its, um, whatever societies become entrenched in. (I know, I'm a terrible writer) The audio book reader's voice always sounded a little forced - like she was trying to sound Chinese without any obvious accent.