Cecily Wong, author of Diamond Head, on tour April/May 2015

Posted By on April 13, 2015

Diamond HeadAbout Diamond Head

Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper (April 14, 2015)

A sweeping debut, crossing from China to Hawaii, that follows three generations of a wealthy dynasty whose rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love—from a young, powerful new voice in fiction

Frank Leong, a prominent shipping industrialist and head of the celebrated Leong family, brings his loved ones from China to Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century, abandoning his interests at the port of Tsingtao when the Japanese invade. But something ancient follows the Leongs to the islands, haunting them—the parable of the red string of fate. According to Chinese legend, the red string binds one to her intended beloved, but also punishes for mistakes in love, twisting any misstep into a destructive knot that passes down through generations.

When Frank Leong is murdered on Oahu, his family is thrown into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild in their patriarch’s shadow, the surviving Leongs attempt a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past. Still, the island continues to whisper—fragmented pieces of truth and chatter—until a letter arrives two decades later, carrying a confession that shatters the family even further.

Now the Leongs’ survival rests with young Theresa, Frank’s only grandchild. Eighteen and pregnant, Theresa holds the answers to her family’s mysteries and is left to carry the burden of their mistakes. On the day of her father’s funeral, as the Leongs gather to mourn the loss of their firstborn son, Theresa must decide what stories to tell, with whom to side, and which knots will endure for another generation.

Told through the eyes of the Leongs’ secret-keeping daughters and wives—and spanning the Boxer Rebellion, Pearl Harbor, and 1960s Hawaii—Diamond Head is an exploration of whether there’s such a thing as a legacy of the heart. Passionate and devastating, it is a story filled with love, lies, loss, and—most astounding of all—hope.

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Cecily WongAbout Cecily Wong

Cecily Wong is Chinese-Hawaiian. She was born on Oahu and raised in Oregon. Diamond Head grew from family stories told to her by her parents and grandparents. Wong graduated from Barnard College, where the first pages of this novel won the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing. She lives in New York City.

Find out more about Cecily at her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Cecily’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 14th: The Book Binder’s Daughter

Wednesday, April 15th: From L.A. to LA

Thursday, April 16th: Literary Feline

Friday, April 17th: Broken Teepee

Monday, April 20th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Wednesday, April 22nd: Ms. Nose in a Book

Thursday, April 23rd: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, April 28th: Reading Reality

Wednesday, April 29th: Fuelled by Fiction

Monday, May 4th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, May 5th: Mom’s Small Victories

Wednesday, May 6th: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, May 7th: Unshelfish

Monday, May 11th: Time 2 Read

Tuesday, May 12th: Doing Dewey

Thursday, May 14th: Drey’s Library


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