This is a serious story. It's about being trapped in an awful abusive marriage which you can't escape from. I read this book and I'm just amazed by how Amy Tan just writes about these incredible women, who are so so brave and strong to have endured as much as they have. The way she writes you can believe these people are real, because there are no grand gestures at the climax, people just keep on living, they have unresolved issues, they repress feelings... It's all very... personal.