Author is SBC alumna Anna Chao Pai, "Chips", from Class of 1957.
While most immigrants to the US seek better lives than what they had, author Pai's parents came seeking safety from the Japanese; they left a life of luxury and power to become ordinary American citizens. In the end, the transition to ordinary was traumatic for Pai's mother, who became mentally unbalanced. Pai shares her story which is as much about her mother as it is about her. This memoir is a testament to Pai's parents and her family.