A dangerous rescue attempt in Michigan has captured the attention of the entire country.
A two-year-old girl has fallen down a mine shaft. Ursula Wong is the only child of a poor family and referred to by one member of the TV audience as 'half-breed trailer trash', not worth all the expense.
But Ursula is the last of her family line and her story explodes into a gorgeous saga of culture, history and heredity.
Ursula's forebears include a second-century BC Chinese alchemist; an orphaned consort to a Swedish queen; and Ursula's great-great-grandfather, Jake Maki, a miner who died in a cave-in aged twenty-nine.
Ursula's fate echoes those of her ancestors, many of whom so narrowly escaped not being born that any given individual's life comes to seem a miracle.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 09/07/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099479864
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Review by MarthaJeanne
Warning: This review contains the spoiler the author gives in the book.This didn't work for me. Each of the historical chapters would have needed a lot more research to really come to life. Even the modern characters were flat. And to top it all off, the author herself tells you before the recue that Ursula is going to survive, destroying what little suspense she had built up to that point.