I keep trying to steal away a half an hour or so before the kids get home from school or before I need to get dinner or before I shower in the morning to read another chapter of this book. I'm only 100 pages into it and it is as horrifying as much as it is inspiring. I am shocked at how little I knew or was ever told about what took place during the cultural revolution in China. I was a little hesitant to start it after my mother in law had lent it to me - I knew it would be difficult to read because of the nature of the material. But it is filled with hope and perseverance with these stoic women at the core. It has made me realize how much I take for granted. Being able to have opinions, rights, and general safety. Unbelievable book.