itibaren Zarağan, Azerbaycan
An excellent novel set in the early 1900's. Two chinese girls are bound to each other as "laotong" sisters-a relationship stronger than family. Footbinding is required, family arranges for advantageous marraiges for their girls. Not for the weak of stomach, as the stench of rotting flesh as the feet are molded into the beautiful "lilies". It's a fascinating story and look into a womans' life in China.
Lucy has a great line: "I wish I could love someone so much that I would die from it.” But what makes the line so great really is the context. Lucy is fascinating and emotionally complex, and I remember her saying this surprised me because it was so intense and open but also suddenly made the character click for me as a whole. I guess it may have humanized her. This is the only book of Jamaica Kincaid's I've really enjoyed.