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It’s 1943 as air-raid sirens blare in Japanese-occupied Taiwan. Eight-year-old Saburo is in no hurry to go home to the abuse he suffers at the hands of his parents and older brother. Feeling through the peach forests of Taoyuan, he stumbles upon Yoshiko, whose descriptions of her loving family are to Saburo like a glimpse of paradise. Meeting her is a moment he will remember forever, and for years he will try to find her again. But when he finally does, she is by the side of his eldest brother, his greatest rival.

As the Chinese Nationalist Army lays claim to the island after the war, Saburo bravely struggles to escape the future assigned him by heritage and circumstance. The Third Son is a richly textured story of lives governed by the inheritance of family and the legacy of culture, and of a young man determined to free himself from both.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A stunningly pure and inspiring love story…Deeply compelling.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Wu presents an alluring story that hits all the right emotional buttons and maintains readers’ empathy from the first page to the last.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With great authority and skill, Wu depicts not just the grand events of the era, such as the Kuomintang (KMT)’s arrival in Taiwan and the brutal occupation that followed, but also the small, private moments of life…The Third Son should be the start of a very successful writing career for Julie Wu.”

    Fiction Writers Review

  • “You may have read other Asian American historical novels, but you’ve never read anything like Julie Wu’s affecting and emotional The Third Son. It’s one of the don’t-miss books of the year.”

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About the Author

Julie Wu received a BA from Harvard University and an MD at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has received a writing grant from the Vermont Studio Center and won a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship.