Peony has neither seen nor spoken to any man other than her father, a wealthy chinese nobleman. Nor has she ever ventured outside the cloistered women's quarters of the family villa. As her 16th birthday approaches she finds herself btrothed to a man she does not know, but Peony has dreams of her own.
I bought this after reading Lisa See's fabulous Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
"Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers,magicians, bankers of the treasures
of the mind, Books are humanity in print."