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  • On Gold Mountain

  • The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (325 ratings)

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On Gold Mountain

By: Lisa See
Narrated by: Kate Reading
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Publisher's summary

Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

The result is a vivid, sweeping family portrait in the tradition of Alex Haley's Roots that is at once particular and universal, telling the story not only of one family, but of the Chinese people in America itself, a country that both welcomes and reviles immigrants like no other culture in the world. On Gold Mountain was a national best seller and a New York Times Notable Book.

©1996 Lisa See (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Astonishing.... A comprehensive and exhaustively researched account of a Chinese-American family... that juggles such explosive elements as race, class, tradition, prejudice, poverty, and great wealth in new and relatively unexpected combinations." ( The Los Angeles Times)