This novel is intriguing largely because of the typical group it depicts -- post-WWII Chinese-Americans who could easily draw readers' attention. With culture shock and the generation gap evolving around them, you can get a sense of what a tiger mom and an ABC really look like. More importantly, it is not challenging to read thanks to the plain language as well as Chinese cultural elements such as the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth), among others. However, you may be perplexed by the intricate connections with the four families while getting bored with the old-fashioned ethnic stereotype attached to those Chinese immigrants living in Chinatown. All in all, I'd like to give it four out of five stars.