God of Luck

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? Held me captive right from the start.??Alan Cheuse, NPR, All Things Considered

?Her clear voice and simple but elegant style easily turns this work into a real page-turner.??Library Journal

?A vivid tale of a faraway time.??Asian Week

?Beautifully combines the hardships and brutality of the kidnapping of a Chinese man, conditions on the slave ships, and the bitterness of backbreaking labor in a foreign land ...

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Overview

“ Held me captive right from the start.”—Alan Cheuse, NPR, All Things Considered

“Her clear voice and simple but elegant style easily turns this work into a real page-turner.”—Library Journal

“A vivid tale of a faraway time.”—Asian Week

“Beautifully combines the hardships and brutality of the kidnapping of a Chinese man, conditions on the slave ships, and the bitterness of backbreaking labor in a foreign land with the sadness and determination of a wife and family back home. . . . A story of emotional depth and truth.”—Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

“Will keep readers spellbound and cheering to the final page.”—Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author of Farewell to Manzanar

“I love God of Luck.”—Da Chen, author of Brothers

Ah Lung and his beloved wife, Bo See, are separated by cruel fate when, like thousands of other Chinese men in the nineteenth century, he is kidnapped, enslaved, and shipped to the deadly guano mines off the coast of Peru. Praying to the God of Luck and using their own wits, they never lose hope of someday being reunited.

Ruthanne Lum McCunn, of Scottish and Chinese ancestry, is the author of the classic Thousand Pieces of Gold, The Moon Pearl, and Wooden Fish Songs. God of Luck was a Book Sense Pick. She lives in San Francisco.

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Adult/High School Another look at the forced migration of Chinese people to the Americas in the 19th century. Ah Lung is happy with his wife, Bo See, and his whole family as they raise silkworms and sell the fiber. In the marketplace one day, he is kidnapped, and eventually transported to an island off Peru to work in the guano mines. The story is told alternately from the point of view of husband and wife. Ah Lung tells of life on a slave ship, an attempted mutiny, backbreaking labor, and his efforts to learn enough Spanish to facilitate an escape. Bo See keeps the family business going and contrives a way to raise an additional generation of worms in order to save enough for a ransom. The strong emotional ties between the pair are evident, and their combined narratives make for a good read. This tale of human struggle told in the context of a little-known piece of history will be most appealing to serious older teens and to those seeking stories reflecting their families' non-European experiences.-Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569475188
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,364,708
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruthanne Lum McCunn, of Scottish and Chinese ancestry, is the author of the classic Thousand Pieces of Gold (Design Enterprises, 1981, reissued by Beacon, 2004; over 200,000 copies sold); as well as the novels The Moon Pearl (Beacon 2000) and Wooden Fish Songs (Dutton 1995). She lives in San Francisco.

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