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March 2018 Non-Fiction: Canadian

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Paper Shadows
Penguin Modern Classics Edition
By (author): Wayson Choy
9780735234666 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Mar 06, 2018
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.8 in 352 pages Penguin Canada
A gifted storyteller takes up his craft to recount his own story, which starts with an unexpected phone call…

From the award-winning author of The Jade Peony and All That Matters, this riveting memoir from Wayson Choy recounts his memories of growing up in Chinatown, Vancouver, and how his life changed when he discovered, shortly before his 57th birthday, that he was adopted.

Publication History: Viking Canada, HC (09/99)

WAYSON CHOY’S first novel, The Jade Peony, spent six months on The Globe and Mail’s national bestseller list, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995, and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. All That Matters, a companion novel to The Jade Peony, won the Trillium Book Award in 2004 and was shortlisted for the 2005 Giller Prize. In 1999, Choy’s first memoir, Paper Shadows, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize. In 2000, he won the Edna Staebler Award for Non-fiction. Choy’s most recent book is a memoir, Not Yet.

“Exquisitely written.”—Maclean’s magazine

“This is a haunted memoir, full of phantoms and secrets, but it is also full of rich historical detail and sharp, clear descriptions of daily life.” --Globe and Mail

“Choy’s story is a specific one, grounded in authentic details (and Choy is just the person to write them, his writing always entertaining, always alive).” --Reader’s Showcase

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