Please join us at the Bookshop on Thursday, May 2nd at 7 pm as we welcome Julie Wu, reading from and signing her debut novel, The Third Son.
Julie Wu earned a BA in Literature from Harvard University and an MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has received artist fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is a member of the group blog Beyond the Margins. Julie lives in Belmont with her husband and children. The Third Son is her first novel.
It is 1943. As air-raid sirens blare in Japanese-occupied Taiwan,
eight-year-old Saburo walks through the peach forests of Taoyuan. The
least favored son of a Taiwanese politician, Saburo is in no hurry to
get home to the taunting and abuse he suffers at the hands of his
parents and older brother. In the forest he meets Yoshiko, whose
descriptions of her loving family are to Saburo like a glimpse of
paradise. Meeting her is a moment he will remember forever, and for
years he will try to find her again. When he finally does, she is by the
side of his oldest brother and greatest rival.
Set in a
tumultuous and violent period of Taiwanese history as the Chinese
Nationalist Army lays claim to the island and one autocracy replaces
another "The Third Son" tells the story of lives governed by the
inheritance of family and the legacy of culture, and of a young man
determined to free himself from both.
In Saburo, author Julie Wu
has created an extraordinary character, a gentle soul forced to fight
for everything he s ever wanted: food, an education, and his first love,
Yoshiko. A sparkling, evocative debut, it will have readers cheering
for this young boy with his head in the clouds who, against all odds,
finds himself on the frontier of America s space program.