Diamond Head by Cecily Wong

By Cecily Wong

A sweeping debut spanning from China to Hawaii that follows 4 generations of a filthy rich transport family members whose upward thrust and decline is riddled with secrets and techniques and tragic love—from a tender, strong new voice in fiction.

At the flip of the 19th century, Frank Leong, a fabulously filthy rich delivery industrialist, strikes his relatives from China to the island of Oahu. yet whatever old follows the Leongs to Hawaii, haunting them. the myth of the purple string of destiny, the twine that binds one meant liked to her ideal fit, additionally punishes for blunders in love, passing a damaging knot down the family members line.

When Frank Leong is murdered, his family members is thrown right into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild of their patriarch’s shadow, the surviving contributors of the Leong kin test their hand at a brand new, traditional lifestyles, vowing to bury their gilded earlier. nonetheless, the island keeps to whisper—fragmented items of fact and chatter, till a letter arrives 20 years later, sporting a confession that shatters the relations even further.

Now the Leongs’ survival rests with younger Theresa, Frank Leong’s in basic terms grandchild, eighteen and pregnant, the inheritor obvious to her ancestors’ punishing knots.

Told during the eyes of the Leong’s secret-keeping daughters and other halves and spanning The Boxer uprising to Pearl Harbor to Sixties Hawaii, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly strong story of tragic love, stunning lies, poignant compromise, aching loss, heroic acts of sacrifice and, superb desire.

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Quas ob res si parum ordinate singula carptimque non attigero, ignoscant mihi precor humillime qui nostra legent. (19) [I would here ask my readers to hold me excused if I do not describe the troubles of those times in the order in which events occurred. For I was not present in those times, nor have I hitherto heard anything about them directly . . Certainly while writing this I have had no oral informant or storyteller, who might offer me, as I had originally hoped, the subject matter I was bound to treat.

Henry VII, who had spent much of his exile in Brittany, sought to keep it independent, both to maintain an asylum for sympathetic refugees from the French court and to limit French hegemony along the Channel seaboard. The French ambassador and noted humanist1 Robert Gaguin, incensed by what looked like diplomatic dilatoriness, wrote a bad-tempered epigram, published in Paris, which attacked the English and their king. 3 Giovanni Gigli (“vir profecto divinarum humanarumque rerum peritissimus” [“a man very expert indeed in divine and human affairs”]), born around 1434, had received ecclesiastical preferment from Edward IV, and would do so again under Henry VII.

Nam postquam me primipilum primaeque aciei ductorem ordinasti, ut Laelius ille Caesari, sic ego excellentiae tuae verbis illius respondere iubeor in hunc modum Britanni ô vere successor et haeres imperii, veras exprimere voces ubi jubes, quod tam lenta tua tenuit patientia vires, conquerimur. Deeratne tibi fiducia nostri? (27–28) [And so we should highly praise that custom established far in antiquity, according to which commanders exhort their fellow soldiers to fight boldly, not because they 30 Court Poetry in Late Medieval England and Scotland doubt their loyalty, but so that they may be more eagerly aroused to the task in hand.

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