Peter Ho Davies - Author

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Born in Coventry in 1966 to a Welsh Farmer and a Chinese Mother, Peter Ho Davies was raised in England and spent his summers in Wales. He gained a degree in Physics at the University of Manchester before going on to study English Literature at Cambridge. Subsequently, he worked in publishing before moving to the US, where he gained an MA in Creative Writing at Boston University.

Peter Ho Davies's first collection of stories, The Ugliest House in the World, won the John Llewellyn Rhys and PEN/Macmillan awards while his second collection, Equal Love, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times  Book Prize and was a New York Times  Notable Book. In 2003 Davies was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Toung British Novelists. He is currently the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

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The Fortunes

The Fortunes

Author: Peter Ho Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Ah Ling: son of a prostitute and a white 'ghost', dispatched from Hong Kong as a boy to make his way alone in 1860s California. Anna Mae Wong: the first Chinese film star in Hollywood, forbidden to kiss a white man on screen. Vincent Chin: killed by a pair of Detroit auto workers in 1982 simply for looking Japanese. John Ling Smith: a half-Chinese writer visiting China for the first time, to adopt a baby girl. Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in Chinese-American history, and drawing on his own mixed-race experience, Peter Ho Davies plunges us into what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home. Ranging from the mouth of the Pearl River to the land of golden opportunity, this remarkable novel spans 150 years to tell a tale of familial bonds denied and fragmented, of tenacity and pride, of prejudice and the universal need to belong.

Fortunes

Fortunes

Author: Peter Ho Davies Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2016

A New York Times Editors' ChoiceA Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016Davies writes with a rare emotional resonance and a deft sense of structure; it's hard not to be in awe of the way he's composed this complex, beautiful novel . . . Stunning. NPRDavies [is] a master storyteller. Entertainment WeeklySly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.Inhabiting four livesa railroad barons valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywoods first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoptionthis novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can surviveas much through love as blood.

The Fortunes

The Fortunes

Author: Peter Ho Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Ah Ling: son of a prostitute and a white 'ghost', dispatched from Hong Kong as a boy to make his way alone in 1860s California. Anna May Wong: the first Chinese film star in Hollywood, forbidden to kiss a white man on screen. Vincent Chin: killed by a pair of Detroit auto workers in 1982 simply for looking Japanese. John Ling Smith: a half-Chinese writer visiting China for the first time, to adopt a baby girl. Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in Chinese-American history, and drawing on his own mixed-race experience, Peter Ho Davies plunges us into what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home. Ranging from the mouth of the Pearl River to the land of golden opportunity, this remarkable novel spans 150 years to tell a tale of familial bonds denied and fragmented, of tenacity and pride, of prejudice and the universal need to belong.

The Fortunes

The Fortunes

Author: Peter Ho Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Ah Ling: son of a prostitute and a white 'ghost', dispatched from Hong Kong as a boy to make his way alone in 1860s California. Anna Mae Wong: the first Chinese film star in Hollywood, forbidden to kiss a white man on screen. Vincent Chin: killed by a pair of Detroit auto workers in 1982 simply for looking Japanese. John Ling Smith: a half-Chinese writer visiting China for the first time, to adopt a baby girl. Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in Chinese-American history, and drawing on his own mixed-race experience, Peter Ho Davies plunges us into what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home. Ranging from the mouth of the Pearl River to the land of golden opportunity, this remarkable novel spans 150 years to tell a tale of familial bonds denied and fragmented, of tenacity and pride, of prejudice and the universal need to belong.

Equal Love

Equal Love

Author: Peter Ho Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2001

Drawing on the author's own cross-cultural inheritance, these stories range across a series of settings and backgrounds. From a Chinese son gambling with professional moumers to a mixed-race couple who experience a close encounter with an alien being, Ho Davies' characters share an instantly recognisable sense of displacement - these are children of one century, adults of the next - caught between debts to their parents and what they owe their offspring. Sharply observed and compassionate, Equal Love demonstrates the talent of a truly original writer, whose work has already earned comparison with that of Raymond Carver, James Joyce and V. S. Naipaul.

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