AAAYA-Boston August Book Club

AAAYA-Boston August Book Club
Tue, 08/01/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

August AAAYA (Boston) Book Club
Date: August 1st, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lawn in front of Cambridge Public Library (map)
(Meet at Darwin's at 1629 Cambridge Street in case of rain)
Contact Person: Karmen Cheung (
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Join us for our second book club on August 1st! We'll be discussing our thoughts on the book while picnicking in from of the Cambridge Public Library (in case of rain, we can meet at Darwin's).

Book Summary
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.

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