Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia

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In this deeply stirring novel, acclaimed author Cristina García follows one extraordinary family through four generations, from China to Cuba to America. Wonderfully evocative of time and place, rendered in the lyrical prose that is García’s hallmark, Monkey Hunting is an emotionally resonant tale of immigration, assimilation, and the prevailing integrity of self.

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About Cristina Garcia

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Cristina García is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages, and she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors. She has taught literature and writing at numerous universities, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at
Published December 18, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 290 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As a teenager, great-grandson Domingo Chen departs Cuba for New York with his father and faces the same hostility and racism there that Chen Pan dealt with in mid–19th-century Havana.

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There's a big whopping, tear-jerker of an epic tucked inside Cristina Garcia's slender third novel, "Monkey Hunting."

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Entertainment Weekly

only an enormously ambitious tale would span a century, interweaving the lives of a Chinese emigre in Cuba rising from slavery to riches, his forgotten granddaughter (raised as a boy in China), and his great-grandson, serving in the Vietnam War.

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