Author: Jamie Ford
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: August 2022
Hardcover: 384 pages
Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name Ford. His debut novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His work has been translated into 35 languages. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and a one-eyed pug.
[NEW YORK] New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford is back with an impressive multigenerational, multicultural and utterly unique story. “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” spans three continents and more than 250 years. Ford brings us back and forth across the ocean from China to Baltimore, from San Francisco to England, and finally a future Seattle, illuminating key moments of forgotten history, seen through an Asian American lens. In the vein of such beloved authors as Lisa See, Matt Haig and Min Jin Lee, “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” tells the story of seven generations of women who find themselves affected by the trauma and love woven throughout their family’s DNA.
Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living.
As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her 5-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has truly come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help.
Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman in America.
As painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period. A stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Dorothy endeavors to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, to finally find peace for her daughter, and gain the love that has long been waiting, knowing she may pay the ultimate price.
An epigenetic love story built around the fictional descendants of a very real person, Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America in 1832, the premise of “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” is a book club’s dream — captivating historical fiction with a speculative spin.
Fans of “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” rejoice: Jamie Ford has done it again. “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” is a searing and vibrant epic of generational love, trauma, and healing. In his trademark poignant prose, Ford breathes Afong Moy and her descendants to life with dimension and power. This is a book that will stay with readers and reshape how they engage with their own lives and legacies. To read it is to be transformed - and to transcend. — Qian Julie Wang, New York Times bestselling author of “Beautiful Country”
“The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” is simply transcendent. The first Chinese woman to set her lotus-bound feet in America is destined to set off a ripple through time and space, as her descendants struggle with her legacy of loss and loneliness. Themes of karma, courage, love, and motherhood weave timelessly through eight generations of women seeking to find balance in an increasingly tempest-racked world. Jamie Ford has outdone himself! — Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of “The Rose Code”
Jamie Ford’s army of readers will be thrilled by this amazing new novel, ‘The Many Daughters of Afong Moy,” which promises to take them to places they have not been to before. At our house, we enjoyed many nights reading later and later into the evening, discussing its wonders and surprises. — Luis Alberto Urrea, bestselling author of “The House of Broken Angels”
Lyrical and profound, poignant and original, this sweeping saga explores the love that binds one family across generations. For Jamie Ford fans both old and new, “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” is an unmitigated pleasure. — Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Orphan Train” and “The Exiles”
A haunting love story not just for our time but all times, Jamie Ford's “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” explores the challenges of the Asian experience across eras, and into our own, and reminds us that no human suffers alone. Impossible to put down once I picked it up, its characters will live with me for a very long time." — Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of “Wool”
Genre: Fiction; Historical Asian fiction, Asian American literature, Asian American fiction.