Surprising that this book was so highly rated and recommended. The author's basic Manichean view of society where rich and American are bad and intrinsically evil vs Bohemian life styles & Asian cultures as good, authentic and the only right way, was annoying to say the least. Her elevation of "motherhood" as the ultimate goal and "the" avenue for true realization of a woman was cliche and trite. This story sadly read as a basic stringing of set cliche characters and story lines to promote the author's agenda and very limiting POV. An easy read but not a lot of depth or nuance. This book is a bit like Big Little Lies, but not as well written and the characters/stories not as artfully developed.