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Four Treasures of the Sky

By Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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Publisher Description

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK · A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE · REVIEWED ON THE FRONT COVER · INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

“Zhang’s blend of history and magical realism will appeal to fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer as well as Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement.” —Booklist (starred review)

"Engrossing...Epic" (The New York Times Book Review) · "Transporting" (Washington Post) · "Propulsive" (Oprah Daily) · "Surreal and sprawling" (NPR) · "An absolute must-read" (BuzzFeed) · "Radiant" (BookPage)

A dazzling debut novel set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West

Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. From a calligraphy school, to a San Francisco brothel, to a shop tucked into the Idaho mountains, we follow Daiyu on a desperate quest to outrun the tragedy that chases her. As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been—including the ones she most wants to leave behind—in order to finally claim her own name and story.

At once a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking work of historical fiction, Four Treasures of the Sky announces Jenny Tinghui Zhang as an indelible new voice. Steeped in untold history and Chinese folklore, this novel is a spellbinding feat.

197 Reviews

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“Compellingly written, with believable characters piecing together a part of history that still goes widely forgotten. I never knew about the terrible discrimination and acts of violence committed against the Chinese communities across America in the 19th century so this read was extremely eye-opening. The commentary on the main character’s identity and sense of self, running parallel with her namesake from the realm of myth and legend was really interesting. This book dealt with displacement, ghosts, and found family. It was heartbreaking in the end but deeply profound and I think that it’s an important contribution to the narrative.”
Loudly Crying Face“Brb literally sobbing”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writing
“This story is beautiful. Tragically beautiful , but beautiful all the same. It pulled me out of a terrible reading slump. The pacing is perfect. I'm used to reading a lot of fantasy with lots of world-building and details, so this genre switch was such a breath of fresh air. It never felt like a single word was wasted. One of those debut novels that astounds me. Zhang is an exceptional story-teller.”

About Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Apogee, Ninth Letter, Passages North, The Rumpus, HuffPost, The Cut, Catapult, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has received support from Kundiman, Tin House, and VONA/Voices. She was born in Changchun, China and grew up in Austin, Texas, where she currently lives. Four Treasures of the Sky is her debut.

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