** The Ugly Wife is a Treasure At Home by Melissa Margaret Schneider

Written by an American couples’ therapist,  The Ugly Wife Is a Treasure at Home: True Stories of Love and Marriage in Communist China is a compilation of interviews of Chinese women and men on the topic of their relationships. I found it most successful as a record of how quickly cultural views of love and marriage have changed in China since 1950, when revolutionary fervor was supposed to replace and supplant family or romantic love, to today, when patterns of dating and marriage are converging with those in the West. The changes came mind-boggling fast. That said, the interviews get rather repetitive, even boring, and the book would have benefitted from a good copy editor.



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