On Gold Mountain

  • by Lisa See
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.
The result is a vivid, sweeping family portrait in the tradition of Alex Haley's Roots that is at once particular and universal, telling the story not only of one family, but of the Chinese people in America itself, a country that both welcomes and reviles immigrants like no other culture in the world. On Gold Mountain was a national best seller and a New York Times Notable Book.

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What the Critics Say

"Astonishing.... A comprehensive and exhaustively researched account of a Chinese-American family... that juggles such explosive elements as race, class, tradition, prejudice, poverty, and great wealth in new and relatively unexpected combinations." (The Los Angeles Times)

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documentary writing

Insights onto the lives of Chinese in the USA. Detailed research. A fascinating story of a family tree. But I really missed Lisa See's enchanting language which she is so good with! Of course, one has to remember that this is more like a documentary work of literature, not a novel.
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- Victoria

Why Lisa See does not look Asian!

Yes I always wondered if she was Chinese and now I know that, yes she is. This nonfiction book on the background of See's background is interesting. Not a great new adventure story, but a true untraditional events that transpired starting with the many Chinese brought to the USA to work on the railroad. This isn't one on See's magnificent stories, but her real research on her ancestry is written in her wonderful style. If you can't get enough of See, and have not tried nonfiction, get this!
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- Susi Paulina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio