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By Paul Yee

For greater than thirty years, Paul Yee has written approximately his Chinese-Canadian background in award-winning books for younger readers in addition to grownup non-fiction. right here, in his first paintings of fiction for adults, he's taking us on a harrowing trip right into a milestone occasion of Canadian heritage: using chinese language coolies to assist construct the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia in harmful 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 coming 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 goals of discovering fortune in the US. 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 via whites ("redbeards").

This far-reaching novel crackles with the brutal, visceral strength of the time—a interval marked by means of contraband, unlawful playing, disfigurement, and demise. It additionally depicts the bawdy global of chinese language "bachelors," whose households remained in China whereas they labored in Canada, and who loved extra freedom to reside their lives with no restraint. Yang Hok isn't a simple guy to love; yet during the blood and sweat of his event, he aspires to develop into the "superior guy" he is familiar with he will be. Boldly frank and steeped in heritage, an exceptional 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 kids contain the Governor General's Award-winning Ghost Train. this can be his first novel for adults.


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