At first I was not impressed by this book. The writing didn't seem to flow quite right. The scene where Julia talks to her mother about her relationship with her father fell completely flat -- it just didn't seem like a real conversation, just something thrown in so that the reader would have a reference as to what the mother thinks of the father. Then I got into the story and I found I really liked it, and wanted to keep reading. I actually wish the book had been written as a story about Tin Win and Mi Mi because I think it would have been a lot more powerful, and the narrative wouldn't have been constantly interrupted by moving back in time to Julia and her petty frustrations. I didn't like her and I don't know why the author chose to tell the story through her filter. I would rather have heard the story without her in the background.