God of Luck

God of Luck

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“ Held me captive right from the start.”—Alan Cheuse, NPR, All Things Considered

“Her clear voice and simple but elegant style easily turns this work into a real page-turner.”—Library Journal

“A vivid tale of a faraway time.”—Asian Week

“Beautifully combines the hardships and brutality of the kidnapping of a Chinese man, conditions on the slave ships, and the bitterness of backbreaking labor in a foreign land with the sadness and determination of a wife and family back home. . . . A story of emotional depth and truth.”—Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

“Will keep readers spellbound and cheering to the final page.”—Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author of Farewell to Manzanar

“I love God of Luck.”—Da Chen, author of Brothers

Ah Lung and his beloved wife, Bo See, are separated by cruel fate when, like thousands of other Chinese men in the nineteenth century, he is kidnapped, enslaved, and shipped to the deadly guano mines off the coast of Peru. Praying to the God of Luck and using their own wits, they never lose hope of someday being reunited.

Ruthanne Lum McCunn, of Scottish and Chinese ancestry, is the author of the classic Thousand Pieces of Gold, The Moon Pearl, and Wooden Fish Songs. God of Luck was a Book Sense Pick. She lives in San Francisco.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Happily living with his wife, Bo See, and raising silkworms, Ah Lung's life is changed forever when he is kidnapped and shipped across the Pacific to Peru where he is forced to work in the dangerous guano mines.

Blackwell North Amer
Ah Lung and his wife Bo See live in a village whose inhabitants raise silkworms for a living. It is the nineteenth century and marriages are arranged by families, but their relationship is one of true love.
Then, like hundreds of thousands of other Chinese men, Ah Lung is kidnapped, enslaved, and shipped across the Pacific Ocean to work the deadly guano "mines" off the coast of Peru. Ah Lung and Bo See are determined to be reunited.
Ah Lung must employ ingenuity simply to survive the harsh conditions below deck on the slave ship and then the even more deadly perils of digging guano if he is to escape from harsh servitude and imprisonment on the guano island and make his way home. Bo See uses her secret skills to earn ransom money for his redemption.
Husband and wife do all they can, but it is the God of Luck who presides over the ultimate fate of these two young lovers.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781569474662
1569474664
Characteristics: 239 p. ; 22 cm

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