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The End of East

(2007)
A novel by

 
A moving portrait of three generations of the Chan family living in Vancouver's Chinatown

Sammy Chan was sure she'd escaped her family obligations when she fled Vancouver six years ago, but with her sister's upcoming marriage, her turn has come to care for their aging mother. Abandoned by all four of her older sisters, jobless and stuck in a city she resents, Sammy finds herself cobbling together a makeshift family history and delving into stories that began in 1913, when her grandfather, Seid Quan, then eighteen years old, first stepped on Canadian soil.

The End of East weaves in and out of the past and the present, picking up the threads of the Chan family's stories: Seid Quan, whose loneliness in this foreign country is profound even as he joins the Chinatown community; Shew Lin, whose hopes for her family are threatened by her own misguided actions; Pon Man, who struggles with obligation and desire; and Siu Sang, who tries to be the caregiver everyone expects, even as she feels herself unravelling. And in the background, five little girls grow up under the weight of family expectations. As the past unfolds around her, Sammy finds herself embroiled in a volatile mixture of a dangerous love affair, a difficult and duty-filled relationship with her mother, and the still-fresh memories of her father's long illness.

An exquisite and evocative debut from one of Canada's bright new literary stars, 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.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The End of East: A Novel
Author(s): Jen Sookfong Lee
ISBN: 0-312-37985-4 / 978-0-312-37985-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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March 2007 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The End of East
Author(s): Jen Sookfong Lee
ISBN: 0-676-97838-X / 978-0-676-97838-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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Paperback Editions

March 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The End of East
Author(s): Jen Sookfong Lee
ISBN: 0-676-97839-8 / 978-0-676-97839-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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Audio Editions

March 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The End of East
Author(s): Jen Sookfong Lee
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The End of East
Author(s): Jen Sookfong Lee
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The End of East
Author(s): Jen Sookfong Lee
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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April 2008 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The End of East: A Novel
Author(s): Jen Sookfong Lee
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   


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