January, 2011: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

The title and the cover photo made me buy this book!  

(Book #9) This gathering took place at my house and for the first time ever, I made homemade dumplings/potstickers. They were not at all uniform in shape, but they were delicious. The book inspired a great discussion, about the Chinese cultural revolution and Chairman Mao. It was odd to think how little we knew about it as it was happening.  Most of us in book club spent that time (1966-1976) going to high school and college while our Chinese counterparts were being re-educated and removed from their urban homes to rural environs. Most of us really enjoyed this choice and made us wonder if we need to read some Balzac.