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As the Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong
  

As the Earth Turns Silver

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Set in New Zealand at the turn of the twentieth century this is a, practically forbidden, love story between a widowed mother and an immigrant Chinese shopkeeper. Exploring tensions around immigrants and racism in a society made up almost solely of immigrants, the writing and storytelling are taut and beautiful (Wong is an award winning poet) with short, staccato chapters and a building sense that things can’t end well. Made even more fascinating by the fact that the author’s great grandparents emigrated to New Zealand from China in the 1890s, this is a meticulously researched and written look at a real life situation.

If you like Alison Wong you might also like to read books by Eleanor Catton, Kerry Young and Xialuo Guo.

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As the Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong

It is New Zealand, and the first decade of the twentieth century. Katherine McKechnie is struggling to raise two children following the death of her husband, when a chance encounter with a Chinese shopkeeper blossoms into friendship and, eventually, love. Racial tension and prejudice mean the two must keep their relationship secret, but Katherine's son, Robbie, learns the truth and, on the eve of World War I as young men everywhere are swept up on a tide of macho patriotism, takes his family's honour into his own hands - with devastating consequences. Both captivating and beautiful, As the Earth Turns Silver is a compelling read -- and a remarkable debut.

About the Author

Alison Wong was born and raised in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, after her great-grandparents on both sides migrated from China's Guangdong province in the 1890s. Her poetry collection, Cup, was shortlisted for the Best First Book for Poetry at the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Her first novel is As the Earth Turns Silver.

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Publication date

21st May 2015

Author

Alison Wong

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447288046

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