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The Fortunes
Author: Peter Ho Davies

ISBN: 9780340980248
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30 August 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.6
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.

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 Mae 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.

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