Diamond Head: A Novel by Cecily WongDiamond Head: A Novel by Cecily Wong

Diamond Head: A Novel

byCecily Wong

Paperback | May 30, 2017

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A sweeping debut spanning from China to Hawaii that follows four generations of a wealthy shipping family whose rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love—from a young, powerful new voice in fiction.

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Frank Leong, a fabulously wealthy shipping industrialist, moves his family from China to the island of Oahu. But something ancient follows the Leongs to Hawaii, haunting them. The parable of the red string of fate, the cord that binds one intended beloved to her perfect match, also punishes for mistakes in love, passing a destructive knot down the family line.

When Frank Leong is murdered, his family is thrown into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild in their patriarch’s shadow, the surviving members of the Leong family try their hand at a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past. Still, the island continues to whisper—fragmented pieces of truth and chatter, until a letter arrives two decades later, carrying a confession that shatters the family even further.

Now the Leongs’ survival rests with young Theresa, Frank Leong’s only grandchild, eighteen and pregnant, the heir apparent to her ancestors’ punishing knots.

Told through the eyes of the Leong’s secret-keeping daughters and wives and spanning The Boxer Rebellion to Pearl Harbor to 1960s Hawaii, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly powerful tale of tragic love, shocking lies, poignant compromise, aching loss, heroic acts of sacrifice and, miraculous hope.

Cecily Wong is a Chinese-Hawaiian author. She was born on Oahu and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She graduated from Barnard College, where the first pages of her debut novel, Diamond Head, won the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing.
Title:Diamond Head: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062345443

ISBN - 13:9780062345448

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read for air travel I bought this book a couple weeks ago for a plane ride. It's the perfect book if you're taking a short trip as it's not the heaviest of reads and has a plot to keep you turning the page. The plot follows the women of the Leong family, switching between the past and present. As each memory intertwines with the next, you can see how the present gets affected by certain decisions and life choices. This book gives you the opportunity to explore the "what if" of each of the women's lives. The writing style reminds me a lot of Alan Brennert, who I'm also a fan of, making it easy and enjoyable to read. Overall, it's a good book, though a little forced/rushed towards the end.
Date published: 2017-10-12

Editorial Reviews

“A sweeping family saga in the tradition of Amy Tan. . . .Wong perceptively captures her cast of characters and their setting.”