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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786860979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786860975
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This eagerly awaited follow-up to Fae Myenne Ng's first novel, Bone, again addresses the issues of Chinese-American identity in this moving, unflinching yet sometimes witty story. Jack Moon Szeto enters San Francisco in 1952, falsely posing as the son of Yi-Tung Gold Szeto, a registered U.S. citizen. In return, Jack must pay Szeto by working for two years and marrying a fake wife. Employed as a butcher, Jack takes the younger Joice Qwan as his lover. Even though she becomes pregnant, Joice refuses to marry Jack. Despondent, Jack attempts to nullify his contract with Szeto before entering the INS's Chinese Confession Program and renouncing his false identity, resulting in Szeto's deportation, but not citizenship for Jack. Toward the end, the story shifts to Jack's congenial relationship with his spirited daughter Veda, whose growing mission is to protect Jack by making him a naturalized U.S. citizen. Ng's simple, sturdy yet poetic prose is juxtaposed against the clinical language of Jack's immigration documents; the result is a nuanced portrayal of two generations and the many challenges they face in their quest for security and fulfillment. (May)
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Fifteen years after the publication of her critically acclaimed first novel, Bone, Ng returns to the scene, offering a searing portrait of another immigrant struggling to get by in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Butcher Jack Szeto spends long hours at his job, attempting to buy his freedom from Yi-Tung Gold Szeto. Jack entered the country illegally in 1952, posing as the son of the powerful entrepreneuer; in return, he must work off his debt and pretend to marry the much younger woman Yi-Tung wants to take as his second wife. Jack, however, has fallen in love with free-spirited Joice Qwan, and when she tells him she is pregnant with his child, he longs for the freedom to marry her. He decides to cooperate with the Chinese Confession program, telling them of his false identity, which results in Szeto’s deportation. ThoughYi-Tung exacts a terrible revenge and Joice refuses to marry him, Jack finds true serenity in the years spent raising their daughter. Ng brings to this moving story both a sensuous, poetic style and an understated tone that only serves to underline the immigrant struggle. --Joanne Wilkinson

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Beautifully crafted language.
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Her generational Chinese American characters have sharp and smart observations about themselves and their lives while living in San Francisco's Chinatown.
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This is a story about a man and his interior landscape, his poetic romanticism shown in the language of his thoughts, cares and worldview.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gretel Ehrlich on May 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Shakesperian in scope - tragic, haunting, beautifully rendered with a wild, intimate velocity pierced with uncarted wisdom. A perfect novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana on June 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fae Myenne Ng is a genius. Her prose is almost sparse, but each word, each phrase is so thoughtfully crafted that action and feelings are expressed in deft strokes that build a picture, an impression, a quality of being. Her book is full of compassion and reverence for the depiction of a familiar figure that is well known but not understood - our immigrant Chinese-American fathers/forefathers.

Like a master of pen and ink drawing, each line implies physical being and movement, emotional attitude and change, and spiritual orientation. The drawing moves from being lines on a page, to expressing 2 dimensions, 3 dimensions, then movement across time and space, to insightful awareness of the interior landscape of feeling, knowledge of life lessons, and living by your convictions and the experiences that shaped you.

The prose is so poetic; this is a work to be savored. The way to read this book is not quickly all the way through, but gradually, so the comprehension unfolds and you can appreciate the depth and quality of feeling.

For those who have grown up in San Francisco, esp. living by Chinatown, there are many familiar references to places (some that are no more), food and experiences that are delightful. There are also stories that are painful and brutal, but are nevertheless our truth in growing up here.

This is a story about a man and his interior landscape, his poetic romanticism shown in the language of his thoughts, cares and worldview. This is about a man shaped by harsh beginnings, his acts in a world that doesn't understand him and the consequences of his actions. His is a world peopled by garrulous cronies, powerful enemies, and the women he loves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Roe on September 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Steer Toward Rock is an exquisitely written novel. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.

Fae Myenne Ng's concise prose is full of richness and insight. I felt compelled to read carefully, as I didn't want to miss anything. Her generational Chinese American characters have sharp and smart observations about themselves and their lives while living in San Francisco's Chinatown. They must navigate their way thru harsh realities during the McCarthy era, yet each character's journey is written with compassion; the joys, the obstacles and limitations voiced by indentured paper son immigrants and their fractured families.

However, the question what is worth sacrificing regardless of the consequences, is at the heart of the novel. What happens when one chooses to rid a false identity and begin creating a new one? What kinds of options are truly available? Is the potential for love worth risking deportment or freedom?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DB on June 13, 2010
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I grew up in Chinatown and immediately identified with Ms. Ng's first book Bone. Friends would ask about other novels such as those by Amy Tan and I would reply "If you want an accurate portrait of what it is like being an Chinese-American in San Francisco, read Bone". Once again Ms. Ng has captured the essence of Chinatown, this time for the newly arrived immigrant Jack Szeto. This is not a quick read as chapters jump from different time periods(and not linearly) and characters. I found myself having to re-read chapters but by the end I was once again thoroughly impressed by Ms. Ng's ability to describe the Asian-American experience in the San Francisco.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Leigh Behnke on June 12, 2008
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Stunning and stealthy! The pieces all
fall together and you understand it with an overview you didn"t see coming.
I wish I had this book when I was teaching in Chinatown in the 70's.
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