"...a striking self-portrait of a creative and fiercely independent young woman who would rather die a notable death than conform to the culture of obedience epitomized by her mother." -- The New York Times Book Review
"In the end, Yan-Zi seems weak, a tiresome, immature complainer, and -- as the book's title suggests -- ungrateful. A more fully developed central character might leave us wondering about her choice of escape and understanding her pain. Instead, readers are left only with her ingratitude for the life she was given." -- The Boston Globe
All her life, Yan-Zi's mother has dominated her. Yan-Zi decides to commit suicide to shake off the oppression of her mother's determined love. The novel recounts with cruel detachment how she was corrected, punished, and reminded that her very life was a debt she owed to others. Nominated for a Governor General's Award, this translation is a disquieting and powerful novel.
This is a new release of the book published in October 1998.