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Yellowfish: A Novel

Yellowfish: A Novel

Yellowfish: A Novel

Yellowfish: A Novel


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Wesley Erks, itinerant machinist and "high class jack-of-all-trades," takes a hefty fee for smuggling a group of illegal Chinese immigrants ("yellowfish") from Vancouver, B.C., to San Francisco in the 1970s. Three are teenaged "Hong Kong boys," one of whom has been grievously injured. The fourth, a fugitive and the son of a rich Chinese casino owner, means to settle a grudge with a Chinese American secret society, the Triad, but is himself being pursued. The tale of the perilous journey of these five men, along with a woman who becomes implicated in a double-cross, is filled with vivid fictional and historical characters. The whole of it conjures the story of the West itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295988450
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 09/05/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Keeble is the author of four novels, including Yellowfish and Broken Ground, a collection of short stories, Nocturnal America, and a work of nonfiction, Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound.

Table of Contents

Foreword / William Kittredge


Postscript / John Keeble

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James Welch

A complex, almost Faulknerian portrait of the Pacific Northwes–as beautiful and mysterious as the area itself. It is also a hell of a good read.

Raymond Carver

A novel of grandeur and daring, a book of fierce pleasures. Its themes are those that have occupied the great story-tellers from the beginning: the journey of self-discovery, danger and self reliance.

Mary Lee Settle

Its surface is a stunning story of survival; its depth is the American journey to the West. They reflect each other, for Yellowfish is a new version of how the West was and is won by lost people. A bright vision of the morals of necessity, beautifully told.

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