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The Fortunes

by Peter Ho Davies - £8.99  Hodder & Stoughton (2017)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780340980255 | ISBN 10: 0340980257

By the author of the Booker longlisted The Welsh Girl, a vibrant, powerful and iconoclastic novel telling the little-known story of the Chinese in America, and of America through its Chinese.
 
Ah Ling: son of a prostitute and a white 'ghost', dispatched from Hong Kong as a boy to make his way alone in 1860s California.
 
Anna May Wong: the first Chinese film star in Hollywood, forbidden to kiss a white man on screen.
 
Vincent Chin: killed by a pair of Detroit auto workers in 1982 simply for looking Japanese.
 
John Ling Smith: a half-Chinese writer visiting China for the first time, to adopt a baby girl.
 
Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in Chinese-American history, and drawing on his own mixed-race experience, Peter Ho Davies plunges us into what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home.
 
Ranging from the mouth of the Pearl River to the land of golden opportunity, this remarkable novel spans 150 years to tell a tale of familial bonds denied and fragmented, of tenacity and pride, of prejudice and the universal need to belong.

(Price & availability last checked: July 2017)

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