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Pao

(2011)
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Awards
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
I was just a boy when I come to Jamaica. Kingston, 1938. Fourteen-year-old Yang Pao steps off the ship from China with his mother and brother, after his father has died fighting for the revolution. They are to live with Zhang, the 'godfather' of Chinatown, who mesmerises Pao with stories of glorious Chinese socialism on one hand, and the reality of his protection business on the other. When Pao takes over the family's affairs he becomes a powerful man. He sets his sights on marrying well, but when Gloria Campbell, a black prostitute, comes to him for help he is drawn to her beauty and strength. They begin a relationship that continues even after Pao marries Fay Wong, the 'acceptable' but headstrong daughter of a wealthy Chinese merchant. As the political violence escalates in the 1960s the lines between Pao's socialist ideals and private ambitions become blurred. Jamaica is transforming, the tides of change are rising, and the one-time boss of Chinatown finds himself cast adrift. Richly imagined and utterly captivating, Pao is a dazzling tale of race, class and colour, love and ambition, and a country at a historical crossroads.

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April 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pao
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ISBN: 1-4088-2189-3 / 978-1-4088-2189-3 (UK edition)
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July 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pao: A Novel
Author(s): Kerry Young
ISBN: 1-60819-507-4 / 978-1-60819-507-7 (USA edition)
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Pao
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ISBN: 1-4088-1207-X / 978-1-4088-1207-5 (UK edition)
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May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Pao
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ISBN: 1-5226-3515-7 / 978-1-5226-3515-4
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Pao
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Pao
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July 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Pao: A Novel
Author(s): Kerry Young
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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June 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Pao
Author(s): Kerry Young
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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