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Straw dogs of the universe : a novel / Ye Chun.

Ye, Chun, (author.).


After her village is devastated by famine, ten-year-old Sixiang is sold to a human trafficker for a bag of rice and six silver coins. Her mother is reluctant to let her go, but the promise of a better life for her beloved daughter sways her. Arriving in America with the profits from her sale and a photograph of Guifeng, her absent father, Sixiang journeys across an unfamiliar landscape in the hopes of reuniting her family. Meanwhile, her father, a railroad worker in California, finds his attempts to build a life there both upended and defined by a long-lost love and the seemingly inescapable violence of the American West. A generational saga ranging from the villages of China to the establishment of the transcontinental railroad and the anti-Chinese movement in California, Straw Dogs of the Universe considers the tenacity of family ties and the courage it takes to survive in a country that rejects you even as it relies upon your labor. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781646220625
  • ISBN: 1646220625
  • Physical Description: 317 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Catapult edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Catapult, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
To the land of the lost -- On the Sierra -- Fortune -- Run -- Clean heart -- Wood and fire -- Housekeeping -- Chinaman's chance -- Reunion -- The dance -- Two fish -- To the land of the lost.
Subject: Asian Americans > California > Fiction.
Chinese > California > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Indentured servants > California > Fiction.
Railroad construction workers > California > Fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.
California > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Western fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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