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Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates [in AsianWeek]

Midnight at the Dragon CafeSu-Jen becomes “Annie” when she immigrates to Canada at age 6 with her mother. Her father has set up a Chinese restaurant, and in the small Ontario town in the 1960s, the Chous are the only Chinese family. Su-Jen adapts and flourishes, but her mother becomes emotionally isolated. The arrival of Su-Jen’s much older half-brother upsets the already precarious family balance, and the young Su-Jen becomes the keeper of unsaid secrets and betrayals. This is one impressive debut novel.

Review: “New and Notable Books, AsianWeek, May 5, 2005

Readers: Adult

Published: 2005


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