The book has an air of authenticity, which is well earned since the Shlians visited every site depicted. The plot moves quickly. There is much to be learned about the values and morals of the Chinese, and it's a very readable and informative novel. Most skillfully done to this reviewer's mind, however, is the creation of the atmosphere in China today.
The People's Republic of China comes across as a frightening, dangerous country where nothing is quite as it seems and where the shadows always harbor enemies. It is depicted as an uneasy place where undercurrents are prevalent and political treachery is ever present.
The Shlians are an interesting husband and wife team. They practiced medicine together in a large multispecialty group before returning to UCLA where they earned MBAs. Since that time, they have balanced medical management consulting with writing. They also write together and topics have included magazine and journal articles on healthcare and medical management issues. Two of their novels have been optioned for films.
"Rabbit in the Moon" - the title refers to a Chinese symbol for longevity - is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. It is also timely given China's re-emergence as an economic giant on which the United States is so dependent. Release date is June 1.
Causes Deborah Shlian Supports
All royalties from my book, Rabbit in the Moon are contributed to to medical charities including Remote Area Medicine, Breast Cancer Research Foundation and...