by Alice Greenway
An American family lives in Hong Kong while their father commutes for long stints to Vietnam to photograph the Vietnam War. The two teenage girls are often left in each other's company with their Chinese amah while their mother pursues her painting. Political fallout from turmoil in the Communist mainland spills into their idyllic lives and is a backdrop for family troubles. The scenes are so vividly set that the reader can almost hear the market, feel the humidity, and enjoy the cool ocean water.