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This new novel from the author of Thousand Pieces of Gold reclaims a lost figure of Chinese-American history, Lue Gim Gong, who put his genius for plants to work in Florida, creating the orange hybrids that earned him international renown as a "plant wizard." Lue's story is told by three women in his life, his mother, a friend and a co-worker.
Rich and beautiful storytelling, full of cultural nuance and finely crafted characters.
Impressively researched and richly portrayed.... An inspiring story.
The author's remarkable literary achievement here is that she has created the distinct voices of three very different characters who belong to, and who express, the traditions and values of their own rich cultures.
Posted January 30, 2004
When I first picked this book up, I thought 'Who in their right mind would write about a Chinese horticulturist.' But this is a wonderful book about family and Chinese culture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.