A boy with a past comes into Anna's life and provides both a romantic distraction and some useful insights for helping her cope. But in the end when things grow so serious that Anna can't resolve them, the family has to face the facts that not everything can be solved by wishing for a better future.
An interesting cross-cultural look at mental illness. Unfortunately, because the family is ultimately incapable of resolving the issues, it's an unsatisfying look. Anna's acceptance of her responsibility for her entire family is questioned a few times by outsiders, but she never confronts it and the self-destructive behavior continues roughly unabated through to the end. While the story ostensibly ends hopefully, a particularly grim postscript leaves us on a down note. All of which leaves us with the question of what message we are supposed to take from this? Otherwise, I loved the cultural details, the use of language, and especially the devotion to Cantonese cuisine (which left me with a strong hankering for Chinese take-out!).