Narrator Tanya Eby's throaty voice adds textures of melancholy and yearning under her calm, steady performance of Jen Sookfong Lee's story about three generations of an emblematic Chinese Canadian family. Set in Vancouver's Chinatown, The End of East weaves seamlessly in and out of the past and present, as Samantha Chan returns home to Vancouver to care for her ailing mother and finds herself piecing together her family's history, beginning with her grandfather Seid Quan's arrival in Canada as an 18-year-old laborer in 1913. Eby gently reveals the lyricism in each character's thoughts and feelings, and listeners will find themselves enchanted by the humanity at the core of Lee's exquisite debut.
In the tradition of Amy Tan and Jhumpa Lahiri, a moving portrait of three generations of family living in Vancouver's Chinatown
From Knopf Canada's New Face of Fiction program - launching grounds for Yann Martel's Life of Pi and Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees - comes this powerfully evocative novel.
At age 18, Seid Quan is the first in the Chan family to emigrate from China to Vancover in 1913. Paving the way for a wife and son, he is profoundly lonely, even as he joins the Chinatown community.
Weaving in and out of the past and the present, The End of East pieces together the spellbinding tale of Seid Quan's family: his wife Shew Lin, whose hope for her family are threatened by her own misguided actions; his son Pon Man, who struggles with obligation and desire; his daughter-in-law Siu Sang, who tries to be the caregiver everyone expects, even as she feels herself unraveling; and his granddaughter Sammy, who finds herself embroiled in a volatile mixture of seduction, grief, and duty.
An exquisite debut of isolation, immigration, romance, and insanity, The End of East sets family conflicts against the backdrop of Vancouver's Chinatown - a city within a city where dreams are shattered as quickly as they're built, and where history repeats itself through the generations. It is a bold and accomplished debut from one of Canada's brightest new literary stars.