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Monkey Huntingby Cristina Garcia
Synopses & Reviews
The new novel ? her first in six years ? from the acclaimed author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Agüero Sisters follows one family from China to Cuba to America in an emotionally resonant tale of immigration, assimilation, and the powerful integrity of self.
In 1857, when Chen Pan signs a contract that will take him from China "beyond the edge of the world to Cuba," he has no idea that he will be enslaved on a sugarcane plantation...or that he will eventually, miraculously, escape his bonds and embark on a prosperous life in Havana?s Chinatown...or that he will buy a mulatto woman out of slavery and take her into his home and heart...or that he will end his long days in Havana, surrounded by children and grandchildren, as Cuban as he is Chinese.
In a vivid tapestry of incident and feeling, Chen Pan?s life story is interwoven with those of two of his descendants: his granddaughter, Chen Fang, born in China and raised as a boy so she could be educated, her life coming to its end in one of Mao?s hellish prisons, and Domingo, Chen Pan?s great-great-grandson, who, with his father, becomes an American citizen after Castro?s revolution, only to lose his parent to the false promises of the American dream, and himself, finally, to the madness of wartime Vietnam.
Deeply stirring, wonderfully evocative of time and place, rendered in the lyrical prose that is Cristina García?s hallmark, Monkey Hunting brilliantly illuminates a generations-long struggle toward a sense of true belonging.
"Gorgeously detailed and entrancingly told, erotic, mystical, and wise, Garcia's bittersweet saga of a family of remarkable individuals spans a century of displacement, war, and sacrifice, and a world of forbearance and love." Donna Seaman, Booklist
From a National Book Award finalist comes an emotionally rich and powerful saga of one Chinese-Cuban family. Rendered in the lyrical prose that is Garca's hallmark, "Monkey Hunting" brilliantly illuminates a generations-long struggle toward a sense of true belonging.
About the Author
Cristina García was born in Havana and grew up in New York City. Her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, was nominated for a National Book Award and has been widely translated. Ms. García has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. She lives in Santa Monica with her daughter, Pilar.
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