• Print Length: 320 pages
•Publisher: Harper (April 14, 2015)
A sweeping debut, crossing from China to Hawaii, that follows three generations of a wealthy dynasty whose rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love.
Cecily Wong has accomplished one complex and intricate family saga. One family cursed by fate or by their own agency, as the story unravels, tradition and culture delved, you consider the root cause of trials and tribulations this family suffered as well as endured.
Wong managed to pique my curiosity from the beginning, I couldn’t wait for secrets to be revealed, drama to unfold, betrayals discovered, the most unsuspecting exposed, motivations examined. Quite a narrative is weaved with intriguing female protagonists telling their version of events, family history, new revelations. Kudos to Wong for exposing the calm and strength of the women serving as the cog of the narrative.
Wonderful historical aspects added to the setting and building blocks of both plot and characters. The peruser is given insight into Chinese culture which serves a large focus of the narrative.
As much as I enjoyed the book the ending was a major letdown for me, it was obvious the direction the ending was taking, predictability ruinous.
Wong is a solid writer, I admire her boldness for taking on such a comprehensive and arduous feat with great achievement, an authoress possessing immeasurable writing talent. Looking forward to her next project. Historical fiction fans will find Wong extremely appealing, certainly an engrossing saga.
About Cecily Wong
Cecily Wong is Chinese-Hawaiian. She was born on Oahu and raised in Oregon. Diamond Head grew from family stories told to her by her parents and grandparents. Wong graduated from Barnard College, where the first pages of this novel won the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing. She lives in New York City.
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