Set in the 1960s, Judy Fong Bates¿s much-talked-about debut novel is the story of a young girl, the daughter of a small Ontario town¿s solitary Chinese family, whose life is changed over the course of one summer when she learns the burden of secrets. Through Su-Jen¿s eyes, the hard life behind the scenes at the Dragon Café unfolds. As Su-Jen¿s father works continually for a better future, her mother, a beautiful but embittered woman, settles uneasily into their new life. Su-Jen feels the weight of her mother¿s unhappiness as Su-Jen¿s life takes her outside the restaurant and far from the customs of the traditional past. When Su-Jen¿s half-brother arrives, smouldering under the responsibilities he must bear as the dutiful Chinese son, he forms an alliance with Su-Jen¿s mother, one that will have devastating consequences. Written in spare, intimate prose, Midnight at the Dragon Café is a vivid portrait of a childhood divided by two cultures and touched by unfulfilled longings and unspoken secrets.