The most interesting part of the book is the discussion of the ultimate contradiction in my life: how do I celebrate the culture of my lovely Chinese daugher, but also recognize that it is her culture, because of thier policies and beliefs, that left her on the doorstep of the Yiyang Social Welfare Institute one morning in May? Simon discusses this part with such passion that I was left breathless. One day, when she is old enough to understand, I will read her from this book. By then, we can only hope, the the world's attitudes towards girls will have changed and the orphanges in China are only a footnote in history books. If you are interested in the issue of gendercide, Scott Simon does not reveal anything new, but he states his truth quite eloquently.
So dear readers, the book was wonderful. I have written to Mr. Simon and asked him questions about how I can know what is true or not in the vast army of things I hear and am told about China and my daughter. Since he is a journalist, I hope he has a good sense of the trustworthiness of sources. I'll let you know if I hear from him.
If you are interested in this topic, the book is a worthwhile Sunday afternoon read.