Here is a fiction debut that is cause for celebration. Growing up in a family that valued the art of storytelling and the power of oral history, Thomas Steinbeck now follows in his father's footsteps with a brilliant collection. In seven stories, Steinbeck traces the fates and dreams of an eccentric cast of characters, from sailors and ranchers to doctors and immigrants - as each struggles to carve out a living in the often inhospitable environment of rocky cliffs, crashing surf, and rough patches of land along the California coast.
"A very good listen by a truly gifted writer"
In 1906, the Chinese in California lived in the shadows. Their alien customs, traditions, and language hid what they valued from their neighbors . . . and left them open to scorn and prejudice. Their communities were ruled — and divided — by the necessity of survival among the many would-be masters surrounding them, by struggles between powerful tongs, and by duty to their ancestors.
Critically acclaimed author Thomas Steinbeck, eldest son of the famous Nobel laureate John Steinbeck, pens a compelling tale of adventure and romance with The Silver Lotus. In the early 1800s, merchant Captain Jeremiah Macy Hammond is searching for new customers. Along the way, he comes up against pirates, storms, and illness. But when he falls for Lady Yee, prized daughter of a wealthy merchant family, he discovers that love is the greatest challenge of all.
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