Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2022
A propulsive and dazzling debut novel set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West
Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. From a calligraphy school, to a San Francisco brothel, to a shop tucked into the Idaho mountains, we follow Daiyu on a desperate quest to outrun the tragedy that chases her. As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been―including the ones she most wants to leave behind―in order to finally claim her own name and story.
About Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-Amerian writer who is the author of Four Treasures of the Sky. Zhang was born in Changchun, China and grew up in Austin, Texas, where she currently lives. Visit the author’s website →