by Ellen Graf
A friend of Ellen Graf, thinking they’d hit it off, suggested that Ellen meet her brother. The catch was, he lived in China, he spoke almost no English, and Ellen would have to travel there to meet him. Thus began one of the most unusual blind dates in the history of the world. Though they spoke only a few words of each other’s language and seemingly had little in common, they hit it off, and Zhong-hua returned with Ellen to upstate New York, where they married. This, Ellen’s memoir of their life together, is by turns touching and hysterically funny, and it’s testimony to the notion that love really can conquer all.