This book showcases how the Chinese Exclusion Acts 1882 effected the lives of Mei-Lin, her family, and other Chinese who lived in the Seattle area at that time. The author depicted instances of racial injustices, but could only expound on those issues at surface level through Mei-Lin's perspective. Because of this, the book displayed stock encounters and predictable reactions which seemed unbelievable and made me wonder if the author employed a sensitivity writer. The subject matter seemed out of depth for the author as well. Usual tropes that accompany interracial relationships between White men and Asian women arose as well. The pros of the novel were it was set on Orcas Island (a lovely place), and encouraged me to dig in the actual events circling around the Chinese Exclusion Acts of 1882.

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