A Thousand Wings by T. C. Huo

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A deft and artful blend of politics, history, and human emotion graced by surreal imagery, A Thousand Wings is the tale of one man's courtship of another through the food and stories of their shared heritage. T.C. Huo moves between present-day San Francisco and Vietnam-era Laos, as Fong Mun, the cook, tells Raymond of a land governed by ancient traditions and threatened by a war that will bring the death of a culture thousands of years old. Fong Mun's journey from the far provinces of Laos, through a refugee camp in Thailand, to a housing project in Oakland, represents a very contemporary immigrant experience, but one seldom told in fiction. As a gay man, Fong Mun is doubly an outsider, but through food and the stories that are inseparable from it, he will make his connection, first to a new culture, and then to a new love.
*T.C. Huo's delicate and startling imagery and wholly original approach to storytelling mark him as a major new voice in Asian-American fiction.
*This is one of the few novels to address the Southeast Asian experience in America.
 

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Published April 1, 1998 by Dutton Adult. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The protagonist, Fong Mun, a Laotian resettled in California, has achieved security and minor fame as a chef and cookbook author, and has effectively buried his memories of enduring, then escaping, his beleaguered country's political chaos during the 1970s--until a handsome young countryman, Raym...

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And so the story of Fong Mun, from his romances and life as a refugee to his success as a caterer and cookbook writer in present-day San Francisco, never quite rises above its beginnings as a charming but inconsequential reminiscence.

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