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How far would you go for the chance to find love? Graf, a 46-year-old single mom, went halfway around the world -- and the improbable rewards of her journey are recounted in this delightful memoir. A divorcée with four children, Graf feels lonely and discouraged with dating when a Chinese friend suggests that she meet her single brother. Slowly, she finds herself warming to the notion. After all, she thinks, if her earlier methods of trying to find love have failed, why not try something new? So she takes off for China, where she meets and quickly marries the short, stout, quiet Lu Zhong-hua.
Graf returns to New York alone, and after obtaining a visa, Zhong-hua follows. Together, they begin to forge a life, although Zhong-hua's customs and beliefs are a steady source of bewilderment to Graf and of great amusement for her readers. For example, Zhong-hua finds it unnecessary to say "thank you," "excuse me," or even "hello" or "goodbye" to his new spouse, which leaves her uncertain as to where he is or how he feels about things. Cultures also clash when Zhong-hua attempts to find a job and drive a car -- two experiences that make for riotous reading. Yet throughout the book, Graf's affection for and devotion to him is unmistakable.
What makes a marriage work? Any answer you now have is bound to change when you read this tender and remarkable memoir. (Fall 2009 Selection)