A WILLIAM FAULKNER COMPETITION SEMI-FINALIST
'.a marvelous collage of history, politics, mystery and romance."
Pat Averbach, Director, Chautauqua Writers Center
When Taiwanese millionaire Ko-sa Ong shows up in Washington with Jade Phoenix by his side, Nick Malter, his best friend, and his lost 'Angel" would all rather be in some other country.
But Taiwan is no ordinary country in the 1970s. Against all odds, Ko-sa has everything he could want except a son and a nation. Jade Phoenix has nothing after her father, a senior Nationalist general, commits suicide. Nick Malter, an American reporter, peers under the veils that cloak the Chinese and their women. Love blooms in a wilderness of misunderstanding.
Ko-sa and Nick share an abiding hatred of Chiang Kai-shek and the cynical American Secretary of State who would forever deny the Taiwanese their country. They risk all for each other, but both give up everything for the love of Jade Phoenix.
A stroke of the pen shatters dreams of nationhood and foreign devils challenge ancient Chinese customs in this extraordinary cross-cultural adventure. Betrayal and trust forge uncontrollable urges, fierce loyalties, and love that extends beyond life itself.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jade Phoenix is a profound introduction to Taiwan culture, history, and politics set in an unforgettable story. If you don't know a thing about Taiwan, start here. Goldsmith's writing style is much like Chinese calligraphy. What may at first appear to be a simple graphic, especially to the untrained eye, is really something much more complex, much more eloquent, much more beautiful. Goldsmith illustrates the huge divide between Western and Asian culture and he does it effortlessly with characters you can't leave and a plot so engrossing you can't put the book down. Under his fluid pen, both cultural perspectives are articulately expressed. He brings to life the tragic consequences for past, present, and future generations in Taiwan from the atrocities committed by mainland China as well as Chiang Kai-shek's brutal dictatorship. He unveils the historical events that never made it to Western media. He further shows how American foreign policy shaped and shackled the Taiwanese. Read the book for its uncompromising portrayal of a people caught at crossroads and in crossfires not of their making. Read the book for its history lessons. Read the book for its incomparable love story. Read the book because it's one of the best damn reads you'll come across!
I had the privilege of reading this while it was still in manuscript, and I couldn't put it down. I was totally absorbed into the lives of the characters and the swiftly moving story. Mr. Goldsmith has a knack for pulling you into a time and place, and making it vividly real. My only caveat: Don't start reading when you have to have to pick up the kids or get dinner on the table. Someone will get left stranded or hungry!