This novel is a fictionalized account of the author's grandmother's life in the 1920's in Philly, Bangcock and rural Siam, and Italy. She tells the story as it probably was, not colored in a way to beatify her grandmother. The details are rich, and anyone who enjoys travel writing will enjoy this fictional account of all of these places. It's long, and while the story isn't action-packed, it doesn't drag either.
Barbara has given up her dreams as an opera singer to follow her husband and his career as a doctor. Unfortunately his dreams mean leaving the country for the other side of the world in Siam. There Barbara must adapt to a completely different way of life, where she finds herself being ostracized by the missionary women and lonely without Harvey being there all the time. She finds herself wondering if her love for Harvey is really worth the sacrifices she must make. Based on the true story of the … more