Peter Ho Davies: The Fortunes

Premiere DateSep 18, 2016
00:00 Book Talk Intro: Kory French
05:09 White Collar Boy Belle & Sebastian
08:24 Interview: Peter Ho Davies Part 1
19:00 Dress Up In You Belle & Sebastian
23:03 Interview: Peter Ho Davies Part 2
40:53 Another Sunny Day Belle & Sebastian
44:51 Book Talk Outro: Kory French
46:35 For The Cup Of A Price Of Tea Belle & Sebastian
49:54 Finish

Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience. Inhabiting four lives—a railroad baron’s valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption—this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive—as much through love as blood. Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these stories—three inspired by real historical characters—to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American.


Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies

Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…