Just finished this book last night. It's about adoption in China and the anguish of the women who give birth to female baby.
At first I thought main it's because of poverty but as I read on, I really felt heart sick for the women in China during that era. Giving birth to a male heir is the up most important thing in China. The first child must be male or else woe will come to the woman and child
Baby girls have very low chance of survival in China especially during the One Child Policy was implemented. Should a woman give birth to a baby girl. The baby girl would be killed/murdered. Some killed by the mid-wife, some by the in-law and some even by the mother herself. And if the woman kept on giving birth to baby girl, she is considered as useless.
Apart from that baby girls were given up for adoption so that the baby girl will have a better life in other country.
The stories in this book really opened my eyes.
One of the touching part of this book is that Xinran hungers for her mother's love. She have a mother but it seems that love was being withheld.
I guess what makes this book so touching is that all the stories there are real life stories. And even Xinran herself have experienced loosing her foster daughter. I hope someday she will be reunited with her foster daughter once again.