The Fortunes

The Fortunes

eBook - 2016
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Houghton
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity

Winner of the 2017 Chautauqua Prize

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

A New York Times Notable Book 

“[A] complex, beautiful novel . . . Stunning.”—NPR, Best Books of 2016

“Davies [is] a master storyteller.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Intense and dreamlike . . . filled with quiet resonances across time.”—The New Yorker

 
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 the Asian American community; 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.

“A prophetic work, with passages of surpassing beauty.”—Joyce Carol Oates, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award citation
 
“A poignant, cascading four-part novel . . . Outstanding.”—David Mitchell, Guardian

“The most honest, unflinching, cathartically biting novel I’ve read about the Chinese American experience.”—Celeste Ng

From the best-selling, acclaimed author of The Welsh Girl comes a groundbreaking, provocative new novel recasting American history through the lives of Chinese Americans.


Baker & Taylor
"From the best-selling, 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, Tell It Slant 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. Tell It Slant 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.Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies answers Emily Dickinson's call to Tell It Slant, finding therein a greater truth. He uses each of these stories three inspired by real historical characters to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American"--

Baker
& Taylor

Inhabiting four livesùa railroad baronÆs 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 adoptionùthe author of The Welsh Girl captures and capsizes over a century of U.S. history.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2016
ISBN: 9780544263789
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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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