Adult Book Club

Francis A. Gregory Library

Adult Book Club

"The Fortunes" by Peter Ho Davies

Pick up Francis Gregory's Adult Book Club's November selection, The Fortunes, by Peter Ho Davies.

"Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and re-imagines the multi-generational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.
  
Inhabiting four lives - a railroad baron’s valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption - this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive - as much through love as blood.
  
Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these stories -three inspired by real historical characters—to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese-American, but American."
Francis A. Gregory's Adult Book Club will not meet in November due to the holidays. Participants can pick up copies of the selected title from the Book Club display located by the circulation desk, and write reviews to be submitted for a chance to win a holiday book prize. See the Adult Services Librarian or call 202-698-6373 for more information.
    "The Fortunes" by Peter Ho Davies