In this new novel by the National Book Award-winning author of Waiting, an Ã©migrÃ© Chinese writer opens a restaurant in Atlanta in a daunting attempt to find his voice as a poet, support his family, and realize the American Dream.
Seth Faison spent 12 years living in China, mostly as a journalist. He traveled by train, truck and boat, exploring almost every province in China. Faison became a reporter and covered the Tiananmen student movement and massacre for the South China Morning Post. He joined the New York Times in 1991, specializing in Asian Organized Crime and people smuggling. He was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In 1995, he was named Bureau Chief in Shanghai, where he served five years, writing about the deep social and economic change underway, and earned a reputation as a writer skilled at capturing the moods and flavors of China.