A NoveleBook - 2008
Westen Chan was just eight years old when his Caucasian mother died and his father, Xin, sent him away to be raised by her relatives. Twenty years later, after a lifetime of estrangement, Westen receives an invitation from his father to travel with him to China--a promise Xin once made when Westen was a child. So it is that two strangers--a father and a son--travel halfway around the world to a land that one of them knows intimately and the other has never seen. As they tour the country, the two men reveal themselves slowly and awkwardly: Westen's history of failed relationships and his conflicted cultural identity; Xin's regret at leaving his son and the terrible secret he's kept too long. And in the end, their relationship may just hinge on the contents of a sealed letter written by Westen's mother before her death--one that threatens to answer the lifelong question neither of them has dared to ask.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2008
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,21 cm