interest in China comes in waves?
1989 Amy Tan releases 'Joy Luck Club' and it becomes a Hollywood sensation; 330,000 ratings here on Goodreads... implies millionaire status or whatnot.
1991 follows up... but this work lacks the same magic.
lots of Shanghai in 1937 action, but without real access to key personalities... just 'bad Chinese husband,' good Chinese-American second husband
I guess Tan knows what she is doing. but doesn't mean it's great lit