We begin with an engaging opening, a natural pull to wade deeper into the story. We have a lot to connect to — characters, setting, cultural traditions of Taiwan – and author excels marvelously in presenting each for the reader to easily absorb. Setting enjoys the author’s great instinct for the visual and sensory to bring each scene to life. I especially liked the gorgeous phrasing at the beginning: ‘the first scenes of their love tenderly framed.’ Just as we’re so comfortable absorbing this establishing phase, we speed up and jet into a fast pace as the pregnancy leaps into our awareness and presence. It’s a big responsibility to have the story reach that high bar of pacing and character engagement, all done so well. Author provides a nice measure and cadence of the story’s energy. Quieter characters at first seem like they need more layering (Maylan), but we soon get it that their flatness has a great amount of dimension, saying much, quietly. Very well done. We now spend a lot of time on Christa’s childhood deafness, then many details of her syndrome. To keep us from getting swallowed by all of the medical and technical issues, author saves the day with a stellar description: “she felt like a bag of twigs.” There it is, the connection to feeling! Author handled Mrs. Tang’s death scene with a marvelous instinct to avoid overdoing the death scene, only leaving us with the sinking feeling of her confusing the husband and son. Emotionally-wrought. Excellent dialogue structure and experience, a standout feature of this book. There is much to enjoy here.