When Fox was a Thousand was a special book present from a friend, and I think I remember liking it. I was excited to land a used copy of this one and plan to give it to that friend (after reading it myself!) Sadly, I'm not sure if I liked it that much. It started with a strange mermaid-like goddess who inserts herself into two stories of a Chinese girl in the early 1900s (with anachronisms) and a Chinese-Canadian girl in a distopian future. There are lots of strange smells, the same love interest and fairy-tale imagery (mostly the Little Mermaid) It was a strange swirling morass and on the depressing side.