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Green Island: A novel by [Ryan, Shawna Yang]
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An Amazon Best Book of February 2016: Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan is a moving and enthralling exploration of family, betrayal, survival, and cultural identity as told through the history of one Taiwanese family. Dr. Tsai is a revered and wealthy doctor, but when he speaks out after the February 28 Massacre, the anti-government uprising in Taiwan, his life and that of his family will be forever changed. Missing for a decade, his family struggles to endure. Told from the perspective of his youngest daughter, the Tsai family and thousands of others negotiate the suspicion and violence that lurks in every doorway. As she grows up, becoming first a wife and then a mother in California, she once again bears witness to the violent tentacles of her father’s legacy and her own family’s wellbeing is threatened when her husband speaks his mind. Fraught with treachery, love, and the desire to do what is right, Green Island tells an unforgettable story of a family caught in the middle of Taiwan’s complicated history as it transitioned from colonial rule to Martial Law to a democracy. Rendered with taut emotion, Shawna Yang Ryan explores the heartbreaking decisions parents make to save their families. -- Al Woodworth

From Publishers Weekly

Ryan (Water Ghosts) reshapes the immigrant tale in this precise and poetic work. The book garners depth from its ambitious desire to take on—rather than sidestep—the shifting political climate of its Taiwanese landscape. The unnamed narrator is born in 1947 at the start of a government-led massacre in Taipei, and she enters into a turbulent time of lies and violence—one she seems incapable of escaping no matter how far she goes from her home. She settles years later in California. Though in her youth she questions the betrayal her father makes in order to protect his family, she finds herself confronting the same problem as an adult. The vigilant government seeks to silence all critique of the dictatorial regime; it threatens her safety and that of her children, leading to a loss that even her past cannot prepare her for. "How far back would my wishes have to go to erase all of it?" she thinks. First through the experiences of the narrator's birth family in Taiwan, and then through the gaze of the family she creates in Berkeley with her activist husband, Ryan grants readers a closer look at the deep connections between familial love and the inescapability of history, both personal and political. This is a significant work, full of carefully researched detail that results in a moving and indelible story. Agent Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.)

Product details

  • File Size: 6530 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (February 23, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y6QF054
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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