In her debut novel, Julie Wu has created an extraordinary character, a gentle soul forced to fight for everything he’s ever wanted: food, an education, and his first love. You’ll fall in love with Saburo and cheer for him at every turn. So, we’re cheering for you to win one of the 25 advance reader copies we’re giving away today…
The least favored son of a Taiwanese politician, Saburo is in no hurry to get home to the taunting and abuse he suffers at the hands of his parents and older brother. In the forest he meets Yoshiko, whose descriptions of her loving family are to Saburo like a glimpse of paradise. Meeting her is a moment he will remember forever, and for years he will try to find her again. When he finally does, she is by the side of his oldest brother and greatest rival.
Set in a tumultuous and violent period of Taiwanese history – as the Chinese Nationalist Army lays claim to the island and one autocracy replaces another – The Third Son tells the story of lives governed by the inheritance of family and the legacy of culture, and of a young man determined to free himself from both. Follow this young boy with his head in the clouds who, against all odds, finds himself on the frontier of America’s space program.
“This novel opens with a blast of machine-gun fire, as a school-boy delivers a girl from death during World War II. Julie Wu spins a fable of borders – between childhood and adulthood, Taiwan and America. In deceptively simple prose, Wu evokes the heartache of people caught in the middle.” – Pagan Kennedy, author of Confessions of a Memory Eater