Rated of 5
Yes, this is a good book. But, one thing in particular bothered me. By the time you get to the part of the book where the mother tells who Precious Auntie was and what happened to her in the end, it has been set up so much that you already know who she is and what's going to happen (in fact you'll know near the beginning of the book) - it's just the details of how it happened that are filled in by the mother's story. So I found it quite painful to read through this part of the book, it was such a bleak march toward predetermined tragedy. And the way it was told made the mother seem less like a realistic person than a character whose sole function was to be the instrument of misfortune and regret. The story of the family secret resembled some Chinese fables, and I thought it'd be more effective in a short fable than in a novel.