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Midnight at the Dragon Cafe

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March 23, 2005 | Paperback | 5.6 x 8.2, 317 pages | ISBN 9781582431895
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The life of a young Chinese girl is torn apart by dark family secrets and divided loyalties in a small Ontario town in the 1950s. Judy Fong Bates’s fresh and engaging first novel is the story of Su-Jen Chou, a Chinese girl growing up the only daughter of an unhappy and isolated immigrant family in a small Ontario town in the 1950s. Through Su-Jen’s eyes we see the hard life behind the scenes at the Dragon Caf, the local diner her family runs. Her half-brother Lee-Kung smolders under the responsibilities he must carry as the dutiful Chinese son. Her mother, beautiful but bitter, lays her hopes and dreams on Su-Jen’s shoulders, until she turns to find solace in the most forbidden of places, while Su-Jen’s elderly father strives to hek fuh, swallow bitterness, and save face at all costs.

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"Such a writing style, free of gilded and glorified language but full of the symbolism of action."

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