The Fortunes

The Fortunes

eBook - 2016
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From the author of The Welsh Girl comes a groundbreaking, provocative new novel. 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 lives-a railroad baron's 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 adoption-this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive-as much through love as blood. Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these stories-three inspired by real historical characters-to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American.
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9780544263789
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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andrea.klock
Jun 28, 2017

An insightful range of stories of Chinese-Americans from the hopefuls arriving for the gold rush, to modern issues of race and identity. While seemingly disconnected upon their initial expositions, the four parts work beautifully together to weave a narrative of identity and what it means to be Chinese and American.

A lovely read, highly recommended for history enthusiasts.

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uncommonreader
Jun 10, 2017

Davies chronicles the Chinese American experience from the mid-19th century to the present day through four stories. The first three are imaginative re-imaginings of the lives of three Chinese orphans - a railway worker, a film star and a young man whose murder brings together the American Asian community. The final story is of a writer who has gone with his wife to China to adopt an orphan and who, it is revealed, has written the other stories. An interesting, timely and enjoyable book about disconnection.

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brangwinn
Feb 05, 2017

In the stories of 4 Chinese Americans, Peter Ho Davies has create a story of the Chinese in America. The stories can be read as stand-alone books, as there is no relationship between the characters, but by picking and choosing what you read, the meaning of the books will be missed, that of not fitting in.

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