Paper Shadows by Wayson ChoyPaper Shadows by Wayson Choy

Paper Shadows

byWayson Choy

Paperback | September 13, 2005

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In 1995, during the publicity tour for his much-acclaimed first novel, The Jade Peony, Wayson Choy received a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to have just seen his mother on a streetcar. He politely informed the caller that she must be mistaken, since his mother had died long ago. “No, no, not that mother,” the voice insisted. “Your real mother.”
     Inspired by the startling realization that, like many children of Chinatown, he had been adopted, Choy constructs a vivid and moving memoir that reveals uncanny similarities between his award-winning first novel and the newly discovered secrets of his Vancouver childhood. From his early experiences with ghosts, through his youthful encounters with cowboys and bachelor uncles, to his discovery of family secrets that crossed the ocean from mainland China to Gold Mountain in the form of paper shadows, this is a beautifully wrought portrait of a child''s world from one of Canada''s most gifted storytellers.
Wayson Choy was raised in Vancouver, where he was cared for in a variety of Chinese households. He is a Professor Emeritus at Humber College in Toronto. His first novel, The Jade Pony, spent six months on The Globe and Mail’s national bestseller list, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995, and won the 1996 City of Vancou...
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Title:Paper ShadowsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.27 X 5.28 X 0.88 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 8.27 X 5.28 X 0.88 inPublished:September 13, 2005Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143054368

ISBN - 13:9780143054368

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful, luminous and very finely crafted work." — The Globe and Mail

"A wise, loving, beautifully written book, destined to become a classic childhood memoir." —The Hamilton Spectator

"[Wayson Choy] writes like an angel ... Paper Shadows is a healing book about life, death and coming to terms with our pasts, real or imagined. It’s haunting." —NOW