(OK, this has been long overdue in coming...)
As opposed to the last book I read, "The English American," I went into this book with expectations low. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book exceeded my expectations, and then some. I've read several of Anne Tyler's books, and knew she could really write a captivating story if she chose to. She definitely succeeded in doing that here. Now, if you aren't familiar with Anne Tyler, you should know that she is more of a character-driven writer, than a plot-driven writer. That plays heavily into setting expectations since I picked up this book thinking it would be a nice story about two Korean girls adopted as infants by two different families in the Baltimore area. While that is the background of the story, and plays into the plot line, it's about so much more than that. It's about family interactions, assimilation, non-assimilation, and love. I actually found that this book was more about the grandmother of one of the girls, than anyone else. So, if you are looking for a book about adoption from Korea, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a delightful read that has undertones of inter-racial adoption, then I highly recommend this. I picked it up and couldn't put it down... and read it in two days. Truly enjoyable!