From the bestselling, acclaimed author of The Welsh Girl comes a groundbreaking, provocative new novel recasting American history through the lives of Chinese Americans.
Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.
Inhabiting four livesâa railroad baronâs valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoptionâthis novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can surviveâas much through love as blood.
Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these storiesâthree inspired by real historical charactersâto examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American.
About: A New York Times Editors' Choice A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 “Davies writes with a rare emotional resonance and a deft sense of structure; it's hard not to be in awe of the way he's composed this complex, beautiful novel .
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