I find myself searching for O-lan's name on the pages to see how she is salvaging the pieces of Wang Lung's crumbling fate. Wang Lung is a fish out of water in the big city of Nanking, but O-lan takes charge, relying on her childhood as a beggar to put food in the family's bellies. It's fascinating to me how many great books have women as the true heroine!

What shape will the lives of O-lan and Wang Lung take? Will they return to the land they love? Keep reading.

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