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Title   As The Earth Turns Silver 

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Author   WONG A  ISBN   9780143011675  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Penguin Books  Group   Fiction View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   NZ Fiction  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2009 
Subject   Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) 
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Synopsis Alison Wong's outstanding first novel is set in Wellington in the early twentieth century and spans the years 1905 to 1922. For most people in the wider community, the area known as Haining Street has an infamous reputation in the city, allegedly full of opium dens, weird food, gambling and strange Chinese cultural practices. Nice Europeans stay away. But for the tiny number of Wellington Chinese, it is a safe haven, a refuge from the scarcely believable and often violent anti-Chinese racism which pervades the wider Wellington community. It's the setting for an unlikely love story. Katherine is a lonely European widow struggling to support her children. Yung is a young Chinese man who runs a vegetable shop. We also learn he has a wife back in China. At first tentative, their love affair is conducted in secret, away from the daylight. Later, they grow in confidence. But in this climate how can a European woman have a successful relationship with a Chinese man? When her hostile son discovers what is happening, a tragic outcome seems the only possibility.

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