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Diamond Head
by Cecily Wong


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A jewel of a saga. Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Frank Leong, a prominent shipping industrialist and head of the celebrated Leong family, brings his loved ones from China to Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century, when the Japanese invade.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A jewel of a saga. Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Frank Leong, a prominent shipping industrialist and head of the celebrated Leong family, brings his loved ones from China to Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century, when the Japanese invade. But something ancient follows the Leongs to the islands, haunting them the parable of the red string of fate. According to Chinese legend, the red string binds one to her intended beloved, but also punishes for mistakes in love, twisting any misstep into a destructive knot that passes down through generations.

When its patriarch is murdered on Oahu, the Leong family is thrown into a downward spiral. Left to rebuild in his shadow, the surviving members attempt a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past until a letter arrives two decades later, carrying a confession that shatters the family even further.

Now the Leongs survival rests with young Theresa, Frank s only grandchild. Eighteen and pregnant, Theresa holds the answers to her family s mysteries and must decide what stories to tell, with whom to side, and which knots will endure.

Told through the eyes of the Leongs secret-keeping daughters and wives, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly powerful multigenerational tale.

Diamond Head is an intricate meditation on what is in our control and what is fate and on whether children must bear the costs of their parents mistakes. Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

Wong s debut novel will hook readers from the first page and not let go until the final tragic secret is revealed. Library Journal"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062345431
  • ISBN-10: 0062345435
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 320


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wong’s earnest debut novel is a sweeping family saga in the tradition of Amy Tan. Told from multiple points of view and moving back and forth in time over several generations of the Leong family, the story centers on how people remain tied to one another. It opens in Honolulu in 1964 as friends and family gather for Bohai Leong’s funeral. Shocked by Bohai’s unexpected death, his wife, Amy, is still coming to terms with her teenage daughter Theresa’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Capable aunt Hong helps manage the day and watches over Bohai’s emotionally crippled mother, Lin. Most of the characters have secrets rooted in the family’s past in Guangdong, China, where Bohai was born in 1909 to a prosperous businessman, Frank, and his concubine, Hailee. After moving to the titular location (a volcano on the outskirts of Honolulu), wife Lin delivers the son, Kaipo, she had long vowed to give to her husband Frank. When Bohai grows into a virtual recluse, Lin decides to find a wife for him. This is where the tension finally ratchets up. Lin’s choice of the lower-class, strong-minded Amy sets in motion a chain of events, including murder, that threaten the Leongs’ stability. While some of the incidents are a bit predictable, Wong perceptively captures her cast of characters and their setting. Agent: Meredith Kaffel, DeFiore and Company. (Apr.)

 
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