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The Resource The fortunes, Peter Ho Davies

The fortunes, Peter Ho Davies

Label
The fortunes
Title
The fortunes
Statement of responsibility
Peter Ho Davies
Title variation
Tell it slant
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Fortunes reimagines the traditional multigenerational novel through the lens of immigrant experience. The family institution is revered in Chinese culture, but the historical reality of Chinese Americans has seen family bonds denied, fragmented, or imperiled. The Fortunes uses this history from the bachelor society of the gold rush era to laws against interracial marriage to the recent wave of adopted baby girls to create a portrait of a community whose line of descent is broken, yet which has tenaciously persisted, as much through love as by blood. Through four lives a railroad baron's valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star, a victim of a hate crime that mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption--this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history. These stories, three of which are inspired by real historical characters, examines the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American
Summary
Four interlinked stories examine the Chinese-American experience from the 19th century to the present. "Gold" follows a mixed-race immigrant from the Pearl River Delta who becomes the valet of a railroad baron. "Silver" introduces 1930s Hollywood actress Anna May Wong, whose career ambitions are thwarted by institutional racism. "Jade," set against the backdrop of 1980s Detroit's struggling auto industry, recounts a hate crime, while the contemporary "Pearl" describes a biracial writer's adoption of a child from China. Like The Welsh Girl, author Peter Ho Davies' debut novel, The Fortunes sensitively explores issues of identity and belonging. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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10524502
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.914
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6054.A89145
LC item number
T45 2016
Literary form
fiction
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Target audience
adult
Label
The fortunes, Peter Ho Davies
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20807616
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
268 pages
Isbn
9780544263703
Lccn
2016005161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn932050446
  • (OCoLC)932050446
Label
The fortunes, Peter Ho Davies
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20807616
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
268 pages
Isbn
9780544263703
Lccn
2016005161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn932050446
  • (OCoLC)932050446

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