Four Treasures of the Sky

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book cover for Four Treasures of the Sky, by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
ISBN 9781250811783
Flatiron Books / Macmillan Publishers
Author photo by Jenny Tinghui Zhang. (Photo credit: Mary Inhea Kang)
Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer and author of the novel Four Treasures of the Sky. Her work has appeared in The Cut, the New York Times, Texas Highways, and The Rumpus, among others. More about this author >

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Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. From a calligraphy school, to a San Francisco brothel, to a shop tucked into the Idaho mountains, we follow Daiyu on a desperate quest to outrun the tragedy that chases her. As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been—including the ones she most wants to leave behind—in order to finally claim her own name and story.

At once a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking work of historical fiction, Four Treasures of the Sky announces Jenny Tinghui Zhang as an indelible new voice. Steeped in untold history and Chinese folklore, this novel is a spellbinding feat.