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Rarely has a book so impressed me with its ambition and scope, on both a large and small scale, as The Fortunes. Davies takes on the literal fiction that is “Asian America,” and then shatters this concept by precisely painting his Chinese-American characters with real and human desires, tragedies, and idiosyncrasies. Davies’s characters are historically significant, either at the fore of humongous social change or emblematic of an American era, and yet they never feel like sepia-tinted, two-dimensional photographs, due to the care and empathy with which the author has rendered them. Most importantly, as proven by how quickly I blew through the pages, this book proves that the Chinese American story is one we not only need, but also one we really, really want.— From Lillian
“At a time of talk about building walls and isolationism, Davies offers a look at American history through the lives of a group of people who have helped to forge this nation -- Chinese-Americans. Davies presents characters for whom the American dream is as elusive or as real as it would be to any others. Set in the California Gold Rush, 1930s Hollywood, and the present day, Davies' tale is artfully told with passion and conviction, and readers will empathize fully with each generation of 'outsiders.'”
— Jessie Martin (W), Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI