5 stars! A stunning novel. Takes place in China in the late 1970s. A young woman is to be executed for her ideologic opposition to the oppressive cultural revolution. It is about humans being human — what people do and say to protect their own interests — but they all believe in different ways to accomplish this. Some believe it is best to go along with whatever they’re told, to be obedient at all costs. But even this is not a sureproof method. Others believe they must stand up to oppression, to speak out against. Others try to manipulate the system, and their fellow citizens. They are all powerless and yet all wield a segment of the power. Their actions are part of the web.