What is it that makes a fictional book great? For me it is the ability of the author to convey truths that the reader recognizes. This book is full of those "aha" moments! The reader thinks: "YES! That is exactly how life is! Pearl Buck's book should be required reading for every human being no matter what nationality who is a part of a family....whether that be as a child, parent, or sibling. I read this book via audio.com.