I'd like to suggest Sky Burial by Xue Xinran for the read for this month. (This is all Amy's fault, by the way, because Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress made me want more stuff with Chinese culture in it. Though of course this book isn't anything Chinese--it's about Tibet. But it's still Amy's fault.)
This is the story of a Chinese woman who spends thirty years in Tibet trying to find her husband--or, at least, to find the truth about what happened to him. It's beautiful, stark, and as far as I can tell, it's true.