About this Book
In her second novel, Law-Yone has created another Asian female protagonist ravaged by the inhumanity of a cruel and crazy world dominated by impotent old men. The heroine grows up in the small, insular town of Irrawaddy and dreams of one day making it in the big world. Her only claim to fame is her knack for the Tango, which gets her the attention of the then-incubating strongman of the country, the Supremo. Her marriage and her life are irrevocably lost when she is kidnapped by a guerrilla group fighting for independence and the Supremo refuses to bail her out. Even though the novel is set in an imaginary country Daya, the almost surreal mixture of East and West, the totalitarian tendencies, the ethnic strife and the general lack of sense in daily life aptly suggest a number of South-Asian countries.