What readers and critics are saying about
"Gorgeously and bravely renders the power of love to transcend the deep suffering of injustice and hate."
"Breathtaking. Glorious. A book that will bring you to tears and keep you up all night."
"An engrossing mix of history, thriller, romance, and some poetic writing!"
"Reminds readers of how fragile life and dreams can be and how taking care of each other is the only way to live."
"Historical fiction at its best."
From the Historical Novel Society:
"The many heartbreaks of human trafficking and the systematic racism on which many American frontier towns were built form the backdrop of the plot of Carla Baku's well-designed and emotionally charged debut novel.
There's a genuine power in Ya Zhen's story, and Baku captures that power mainly through the well-researched believability of her book's setting.
A strong and unflinching read."