Douglas & McIntyre
The Jade Peony

Book details:

October 1995
ISBN 978-1-55054-468-8
Paperback - Trade
5" x 7.77"
240 pages
Fiction
$19.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Jade Peony

<P>Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and Ã&laquo;40s provides the setting for this poignant first novel, told through the vivid and intense reminiscences of the three younger children of an immigrant family. They each experience a very different ch


The Jade Peony is a 2010 Canada Reads Selection!

Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and ‘40s provides the setting for this poignant first novel, told through the vivid and intense reminiscences of the three younger children of an immigrant family. They each experience a very different childhood, depending on age and sex, as they encounter the complexities of birth and death, love and hate, kinship and otherness. Mingling with the realities of Canada and the horror of war are the magic, ghosts, paper uncles and family secrets of Poh-Poh, or Grandmother, who is the heart and pillar of the family.

Wayson Choy's Chinatown is a community of unforgettable individuals who are “neither this nor that,” neither entirely Canadian nor Chinese. But with each other's help, they survive hardship and heartbreak with grit and humour.

Read an excerpt from Part I of The Jade Peony.

Read Jen Sookfong Lee's essay on what The Jade Peony means to her.

Read champion Dr. Samantha Nutt's reasons for choosing The Jade Peony as a Canada Reads 2010 selection.

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About the Author

Wayson  Choy

Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy's first novel, The Jade Peony (Douglas and McIntyre, 1995), was co-winner -- with Margaret Atwood's Morning in the Burned House -- of the 1995 ...

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