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By Paul Yee

For greater than thirty years, Paul Yee has written approximately his Chinese-Canadian historical past in award-winning books for younger readers in addition to grownup non-fiction. the following, in his first paintings of fiction for adults, he is taking us on a harrowing trip right into a milestone occasion of Canadian background: using chinese language coolies to assist construct the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia in unsafe conditions.

After the CPR is inbuilt 1885, Yang Hok, a former coolie, treks alongside the railway to come his half-Chinese/half-Native son to the boy's mom the place he confronts the conflicts bobbing up from road-building one of the chinese language and local peoples. Hok's advisor at the usually perilous journey, Sam Bing Lew, additionally of combined Chinese-Native blood, urges Hok to take his son to China, whereas Hok has desires of discovering fortune in the USA. the 2 males agree on little, as many matters fester among chinese language and Natives at a time while either races have been disdained as inferior through whites ("redbeards").

This far-reaching novel crackles with the brutal, visceral power of the time—a interval marked via contraband, unlawful playing, disfigurement, and demise. It additionally depicts the bawdy international of chinese language "bachelors," whose households remained in China whereas they labored in Canada, and who loved extra freedom to dwell their lives with no restraint. Yang Hok isn't a simple guy to love; yet during the blood and sweat of his adventure, he aspires to turn into the "superior guy" he understands he might be. Boldly frank and steeped in background, an excellent guy paints a vibrant portrait of the adventure of the chinese language in North the USA within the nineteenth century.

Paul Yee's twenty-seven books for youth comprise the Governor General's Award-winning Ghost Train. this can be his first novel for adults.


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