Meyer’s book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in China. While most books concentrate on the large urban areas and their fast paced, congested pace of life, Meyer takes a different approach. He moves to the small village where his wife grew up in Northeastern China, and spends three years roaming around the area. Meyer interviews locals, learning their way of life and the historical events they have witnessed.
Meyer is very talented in his ability to present this history in a relatable, interesting manner. He also shows how the rural areas of China are experiencing change, in that large agricultural companies are taking over the small family farms.
I would highly recommend this book to people interested in China and how it is changing.