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Fiction Literary

Jade Peony, The

by (author) Wayson Choy

Publisher
Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Oct 1995
Category
Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550544688
    Publish Date
    Oct 1995
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781926706764
    Publish Date
    Dec 2009
    List Price
    $14.00

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Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and ë40s provides the setting for this poignant first novel, told through the vivid and intense reminiscences of the three younger children of an immigrant family. They each experience a very different childhood, depending on age and sex, as they encounter the complexities of birth and death, love and hate, kinship and otherness. Mingling with the realities of Canada and the horror of war are the magic, ghosts, paper uncles and family secrets of Poh-Poh, or Grandmother, who is the heart and pillar of the family.

 

Wayson Choy's Chinatown is a community of unforgettable individuals who are neither this nor that, neither entirely Canadian nor Chinese. But with each other's help, they survive hardship and heartbreak with grit and humour.

 

The Jade Peony was a 2010 Canada Reads Selection.

About the author

Wayson Choy's first novel, The Jade Peony, was co-winner -- with Margaret Atwood's Morning in the Burned House -- of the 1995 Trillium Award for the best book by an Ontario resident. It also won the City of Vancouver Book Award. The Jade Peony spent 26 weeks on the Toronto Globe & Mail bestseller list and placed Number 6 on its 1996 Year End National Bestseller List for Fiction.

 

Born in Vancouver in 1939, Wayson Choy taught English Literature at Humber College in Toronto for over 25 years. In 2004 Choy was appointed to the Order of Canada and won the Harbourfront Festival Prize, awarded annually to a writer who "has made a substantial contribution to the world of books and writing." Wayson Choy lives in Toronto and writes full-time.

Wayson Choy's profile page

Awards

  • Unknown, Project Bookmark Canada Selection

Editorial Reviews

"The Jade Peony is one of the finest works of fiction yet to break the silence that surrounds so many of the country's immigrant communities"

Macleans

User Reviews

West Coast fictional history read

It is a story told from three different perspectives that are all children of a Chinese immigrant family in Vancouver BC before and during WWII and how they are coping with a new culture, language and they fit in whilst their traditional Grandma (Poh Poh) is trying to ensure her grandchildren honour their heritage and culture and not be assimilated to their new country. A short read.

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