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Concubines Children

Portrait of a Family Divided

by (author) Denise Chong

Publisher
Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
May 2006
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780143056195
    Publish Date
    May 2006
    List Price
    $20

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Finalist for the 1994 Governor General’s Award

The Concubine’s Children is the story of a family cleaved in two for the sake of a father’s dream. There’s Chan Sam, who left an "at home" wife in China to earn a living in "Gold Mountain"—North America. There’s May-ying, the wilful, seventeen-year-old concubine he bought, sight unseen, who labored in tea houses of west coast Chinatowns to support the family he would have in Canada, and the one he had in China. It was the concubine’s third daughter, the author’s mother, who unlocked the past for her daughter, whose curiosity about some old photographs ultimately reunited a family divided for most of the last century.

About the author

Denise Chong is an award-winning and internationally published author. The Girl In The Picture was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as was her memoir, The Concubine’s Children. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.

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