* Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

I wanted to like Miss Burma, with its exotic setting and its (probably quite romanced) family story featuring a fearless young woman, but it never quite comes together. I was leery from the start, as the white grandfather notices a beautiful young woman and “falls in love” with her — and marries her — without being able to converse at all, since they speak different languages. And as the story builds it becomes mostly a history lesson of the travails of then-Burma during and after WWII, and specifically the oppression of minority ethnic groups. Too much history, too little story for my taste.

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