I really liked this book. It felt like sort of a hybrid of a novel and travel writing, and the fact that it took place in 1986 added another interesting twist. These were the days where you had to keep in touch by exchanging addresses and people could come meet you at the airport gate.
The book is non-fiction and centers on Gilman and her friend backpacking through a still very closed society China. There’s a bit of a dark twist which I won’t give away, and the second half of the book is definitely hard to put down (I stayed up until 3am to finish it).