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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Davies distills 150 years of Chinese-American history in his timely and eloquent new novel.”


  • “Ho Davies has created a masterful novel about what it is to feel like an outsider in the place you call home. It is also the story of America, told through the eyes of her immigrants.”

    Bookseller (UK), Editor’s Choice

  • “The book’s scope is impressive, but…more extraordinary still is the depth and the texture created by the juxtaposition of different eras…Davies has created a brilliant, absorbing masterpiece.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Rich rewards await readers searching for superbly illuminating historical fiction; think Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s Crossing or Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell trilogy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Davies’ nuanced contemplation of how America has affected the Chinese (and vice versa) forces the reader to confront what is both singular and similar about all cross-cultural transactions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2016
  • Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • An Indie Next Recommendation for September 2016
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” for Fall 2016
  • An Elle Magazine Pick for September 2016
  • A Huffington Post Pick of 20 Best Books for September 2016
  • One of the BBC’s Best Books for September 2016
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