Gift of the Golden Mountain
From the award-winning author of Hers the Kingdom comes a delightful, irresistibly beguiling novel, alive with vibrant characters and an incandescent spirit.
California in the 1960s and ’70s forms the background to a saga of one family’s passions, past and present, played out against the explosive era of the Vietnam War. Gift of the Golden Mountain follows the young part-Chinese heiress, May Reade, as she searches through her illustrious heritage for the roots of her own identity and her struggle to reconcile her Asian self with the American. Her journey of self-discovery takes her from the anti-war barricades of Berkeley to a remote village in China where she at last meets the mother who had deserted her at birth. There, in the country of her ancestors, she will not only begin to understand her confusion, but will seek out her future happiness and, in the final, savage climax of the fall of Saigon, decide her own destiny.
Seen through the eyes of faith and lifelong family friends, Gift of the Golden Mountain describes with telling effect the pain one generation inflicts on the next, and the healing power of love and compassion, forgiveness and commitment