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 May 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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