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As the earth turns silver : a novel / Alison Wong.

By: Wong, Alison, 1960-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Shore, N.Z. : Penguin, 2009Description: 278 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780143011675 (pbk.); 0143011677 (pbk.); 9780143567110 (pbk.).Subject(s): New Zealand Post Book Awards winners | Chinese -- New Zealand -- Fiction | Immigrants -- New Zealand -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- New Zealand -- Fiction | Interracial dating -- Fiction | Widows -- New Zealand -- Fiction | Adultery -- Fiction | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century | Award winners | Wellington (N.Z.) -- Fiction | New Zealand -- Fiction -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. | General fiction.DDC classification: WON Awards: New Zealand Post Book Awards 2010 Fiction Winner.Summary: "From the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, from Kwangtung, China to Wellington and Dunedin and the battlefields of the Western Front - a story of two families. Yung faces a new land that does not welcome the Chinese. Alone, Katherine struggles to raise her children and find her place in the world. In a climate of hostility towards the foreign newcomers, Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant and far-reaching love affair." -- Back cover.
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Alison Wong's first novel is set in Wellington in the early twentieth century. Haining Street is allegedly full of opium dens, gambling and strange Chinese practices. Katherine is a widow struggling to support her children and Yung is a young Chinese man who runs a vegetable shop. It's the setting for an unlikely love story.

"From the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, from Kwangtung, China to Wellington and Dunedin and the battlefields of the Western Front - a story of two families. Yung faces a new land that does not welcome the Chinese. Alone, Katherine struggles to raise her children and find her place in the world. In a climate of hostility towards the foreign newcomers, Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant and far-reaching love affair." -- Back cover.

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2010 Fiction Winner.

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Author Wong brings a poetic touch to this deeply affecting debut novel-she is a successful poet in her native New Zealand-which won the 2010 New Zealand Post Award for fiction. Star-crossed lovers Katherine and Yung embark on a clandestine relationship in early 20th-century New Zealand, where racial bigotry, imperialism, and gender inequality thrive. Each has known great suffering: Katherine's husband recently died, leaving her panic-stricken about how she can support her two children, while Yung, who traveled from China to New Zealand after losing his wife and child, must cope with rampant racism as he tries to make a living as a greengrocer. Actress Heather Bolton's graceful narration is a perfect match for Wong's lyrical, powerful prose. Highly recommended for appreciators of literary fiction and fans of Amy Tan and Isabel Allende.-Beth Farrell, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.