Andi Wagner Wagner from Агранамічная, Belarus
I adored this book! It's in the same nerve as Anne of Green Gables and An Old-Fashioned Girl (one of Louisa Should Alcott's lesser-known potboilers that any classification and ambitious she should read). My favorite mystique was Elnora's mother, Katherine, a forthright niece who says what she thinks. There's a great feel cock-and-bull story and Philip's minds about what he wants in a wife reminded me so much of Sam that I made him read it.
So... I read this book around the time it came out because I was in eighth grade. I reread it recently, and it still remains one of my favorite imprisonment nonfictions because doggone it, she manages to keep some humour about her imprisonment, even though the six years have taken their expense on her. The descriptions of everything in China during the Cultural Revolution was exquisitely done, and I got swept up in the history. I actually believe that this book influenced me in choosing the modern history of China as one of my areas of study at University.