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At the height of China's Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general's wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general's mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments after delivering her child. Growing up, each remained ignorant of the other's existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was raised on the mountainside by an old healer and his wife until their deaths landed him in an orphanage, where he was always hungry, alone, and frightened. Though on divergent roads, each brother is driven by a passionate desire — one to glorify his father, the other to seek revenge against him.

Separated by distance and opportunity, Tan and Shento follow the paths that lie before them, while unknowingly falling in love with the same woman and moving toward the explosive moment when their fates finally merge.

Brothers, by bestselling memoirist Da Chen, is a sprawling, dynamic family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny.

Review:

"Within this sweeping, ambitious, historical novel, there is a beautifully wrought story of young men coming of age, related to each other but strangers, and heading toward a breathtaking collision." Ron Nyswaner, author of Blue Days, Black Nights: A Memoir

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"Brothers begins as if in a dream. And like a dream you are captured by its first eerie lines: 'To tell the tale of my birth, I must start not from the beginning, but from the end to my beginning. I was born twice, really.' This is Shento speaking. His brother Tan speaks next. And an epic novel evolves out of their alternating accounts, with all the rich and exquisite detail you expect from such an artful writer as Da Chen. He deals in big emotions: revenge, love (both graphic and romantic), torture, and fealty. He gives us China, from the ordinary soul to the ruling elite. He takes you from Mao to Tiananmen Square and then beyond. If you're in the mood for a good atmospheric read, you won't find a better one." John Bowers, author of The Colony, In the Land of Nyx, and Stonewall Jackson: Portrait of a Soldier

Review:

"This book is fantastic in every sense of the word — a saga of China that is at once exotic and universal, an epic tale of destiny entwined with history." Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements and Beautiful Bodies

Review:

"This story of revenge, adventure, and an explosive love triangle satisfies a taste for historical fiction as well as for a family saga." School Library Journal

Review:

"[A]n epic novel that neatly distills modern Chinese history." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"...Chen deftly blends pathos and humor in this breathtaking evocation of an era of momentous political, social, and economic change." Booklist

Synopsis:

A sweeping family saga, Brothers follows the parallel paths of two brothers born to different mothers. Da Chen paints a mesmerizing portrait of their lives, of their desperate love for the same woman, and of China during the cultural revolution.

Synopsis:

At the height of Chinas Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the generals wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the generals mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments after delivering her child. Growing up, each remained ignorant of the others existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was raised on the mountainside by an old healer and his wife until their deaths landed him in an orphanage, where he was always hungry, alone, and frightened. Though on divergent roads, each brother is driven by a passionate desireone to glorify his father, the other to seek revenge against him.

Separated by distance and opportunity, Tan and Shento follow the paths that lie before them, while unknowingly falling in love with the same woman and moving toward the explosive moment when their fates finally merge.

Brothers, by bestselling memoirist Da Chen, is a sprawling, dynamic family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny.

About the Author

Da Chen is thirty-seven years old and is a graduate of Columbia University Law School, which he attended on full scholarship. A brush calligrapher of considerable spirituality who also plays the classical bamboo flute, he lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife and two small children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400097289
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Chen, Da
Publisher:
Shaye Areheart Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Sagas
Publication Date:
20060919
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.56x6.58x1.47 in. 1.84 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Shaye Areheart Books - English 9781400097289 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Within this sweeping, ambitious, historical novel, there is a beautifully wrought story of young men coming of age, related to each other but strangers, and heading toward a breathtaking collision."
"Review" by , "Brothers begins as if in a dream. And like a dream you are captured by its first eerie lines: 'To tell the tale of my birth, I must start not from the beginning, but from the end to my beginning. I was born twice, really.' This is Shento speaking. His brother Tan speaks next. And an epic novel evolves out of their alternating accounts, with all the rich and exquisite detail you expect from such an artful writer as Da Chen. He deals in big emotions: revenge, love (both graphic and romantic), torture, and fealty. He gives us China, from the ordinary soul to the ruling elite. He takes you from Mao to Tiananmen Square and then beyond. If you're in the mood for a good atmospheric read, you won't find a better one."
"Review" by , "This book is fantastic in every sense of the word — a saga of China that is at once exotic and universal, an epic tale of destiny entwined with history."
"Review" by , "This story of revenge, adventure, and an explosive love triangle satisfies a taste for historical fiction as well as for a family saga."
"Review" by , "[A]n epic novel that neatly distills modern Chinese history."
"Review" by , "...Chen deftly blends pathos and humor in this breathtaking evocation of an era of momentous political, social, and economic change."
"Synopsis" by , A sweeping family saga, Brothers follows the parallel paths of two brothers born to different mothers. Da Chen paints a mesmerizing portrait of their lives, of their desperate love for the same woman, and of China during the cultural revolution.
"Synopsis" by , At the height of Chinas Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the generals wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the generals mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments after delivering her child. Growing up, each remained ignorant of the others existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was raised on the mountainside by an old healer and his wife until their deaths landed him in an orphanage, where he was always hungry, alone, and frightened. Though on divergent roads, each brother is driven by a passionate desireone to glorify his father, the other to seek revenge against him.

Separated by distance and opportunity, Tan and Shento follow the paths that lie before them, while unknowingly falling in love with the same woman and moving toward the explosive moment when their fates finally merge.

Brothers, by bestselling memoirist Da Chen, is a sprawling, dynamic family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny.

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