The Bukowski Agency - Midnight at the Dragon Café

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315 pages hardcover
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US: Counterpoint Press, Apr 2005
Canada: McClelland & Stewart, Feb 2004
China (mainland): Nankai University Press of Tianjin
Thailand: Sanskrit Books

ABOUT JUDY FONG BATES

Judy Fong Bates (Photo: Michael Bates)
JUDY FONG BATES
(Photo: Michael Bates)

Judy Fong Bates came to Canada from China as a young child and grew up above Chinese laundries in several small Ontario towns. Her stories have been broadcast on CBC radio and published in Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, This Magazine, The Canadian Forum, and The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English. She lives with her husband on a farm in rural Ontario.

Midnight at the Dragon Café

a novel by Judy Fong Bates

THE LIFE OF A YOUNG CHINESE GIRL IS TORN APART BY DARK FAMILY SECRETS AND DIVIDED LOYALTIES IN A SMALL ONTARIO TOWN IN THE 1950s

Midnight at the Dragon Café coverMidnight at the Dragon Café is the much-talked-about debut novel telling the story of a young girl, the daughter of a small Ontario town's solitary Chinese family, whose life is changed over the course of one summer in the 1960s, when she learns the burden of secrets. Through Su-Jen's eyes, the hard life behind the scenes at the Dragon Café unfolds. As Su-Jen's father works continually for a better future, her mother, a beautiful but embittered woman, settles uneasily into their new life. Su-Jen feels the weight of her mother's unhappiness as Su-Jen's life takes her outside the restaurant and far from the customs of the traditional past. When Su-Jen's half-brother arrives, smouldering under the responsibilities he must bear as the dutiful Chinese son, he forms an alliance with Su-Jen's mother, one that will have devastating consequences.

Written in spare, intimate prose, Midnight at the Dragon Café is vivid portrait of a childhood divided by two cultures and touched by unfulfilled longings and unspoken secrets.

PRAISE FOR MIDNIGHT AT THE DRAGON CAFÉ

“In deceptively simple, intimate prose, Judy Fong Bates captures the complexities of a childhood filled with secrets, longing, and superstition, and powerfully exposes the lengths to which families will go to survive. Midnight at the Dragon Café is an original, haunting debut novel.”  — KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

“The mounting suspense of family secrets makes this first novel a breathless read, even as the simple, beautiful words make you want to stop and read the sentences over and over again.”  — BOOKLIST, starred review

“.. Bates writes in clean, understated prose, imbuing her characters with a lasting poignancy.”  — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Judy Fong Bates catches and holds our attention like a teacher of unruly kids: She whispers…. Bates’s unpretentious prose keeps the potential melodrama in check.”  — THE WASHINGTON POST

“A fascinating and finely crafted work of fiction…. Compelling…. Absorbing and alluring….”  — WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

“Wonderfully written and acutely observed, Midnight at the Dragon Café is a haunting novel…. As skilled and original as it is moving.”  — THE LONDON FREE PRESS

“A unique and imaginative drama…. Bates’s writing is smooth and simple, but powerful.”  — THE CALGARY HERALD

“An elegant first novel.”  — CHATELAINE

“The simplicity and honesty of Fong Bates' composition... puts the readers right in the midst of 'Dragon Café'.”  — THE PLAIN DEALER, CLEVELAND

“[Bates’] attention to physical detail is matched by compassionate understanding, which gives real weight to the telling of the submerged, drowning passion hidden in this household.”  — NATIONAL POST

“Fong Bates has emerged with her first novel, a work that often reads like the best finely-crafted memoir.”  — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“[Midnight at the Dragon Café] is a contribution to the multicultural awareness it records, an engaging addition to our rich literature of immigrants.”  — TORONTO STAR

“[Judy Fong Bates] has transmuted her experience into fiction that says something essential and makes wonderful reading.”  — THE VANCOUVER SUN

“A terrific page-turner of a first novel.”  — QUILL & QUIRE

“Judy Fong Bates has created a novel that does what the very best fiction can do — take us into a world we could not have otherwise entered; put us among people we could not otherwise know. As quintessentially Canadian as Alice Munro, and equally delightful to read.”  — SHYAM SELVADURAI

“A deeply affecting debut novel... Bates conveys with pathos and generosity the anger, disappointment, vulnerability and pride of people struggling to balance duty and passion.”  — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

 

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