book 20Published November 11th 2003

As the presenter of a radio show in China, Xinran asked women to contact her and tell their stories. This book includes some of those stories. She tells for example the story of a girl who is being sexually abused by her father, and the story about a girl who is trapped in a building after an earthquake, and who eventually dies in her mothers arms. Furthermore, Xinran includes her own account on feminism and the mistreatment of women in China. The people described in this book did only one thing wrong to deserve living horrible lives: being born female. Although a tragic book, the fact that Xinran had to leave China to be able to publish this book, is reason enough to make this book worth reading.

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