God of Luck by Ruthanne Lum McCunn [in Bloomsbury Review]
Ruthanne Lum McCunn has built her literary career by breathing life into certain moments of forgotten history. Her latest title explores the little-known tragic experience during the 19th century when Chinese men were brutally kidnapped and forced into slave labor in the guano mines of faraway Peru. A companion piece of sorts to her prior novel The Moon Pearl, God of Luck continues the intertwined narratives of a pair of twins; while Moon details the sister’s spinster life, Luck recounts the kidnapped brother’s hopeful love story.
Tidbits: You might say that McCunn is the whole reason that this blog ever got started! See “About this blog …” for more on that! Additionally, McCunn was a delightful guest, together with Jeannie Pfaelzer and Jack Tchen, for the Smithsonian APA Program’s literary event, “The Chinese American Experience – and Those Who Survived and Thrived to Tell the Tales,” on October 12, 2007.