Take Me Home LP: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 5, 2010 - Fiction - 396 pages
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Take Me Home is a powerful story about friendship and love set against the stunning backdrop of 1880's Wyoming and based in the pages of history.

Like many classic stories, Brian Leung’s new novel begins with a journey home. Adele “Addie” Maine is returning to Dire, a Wyoming coal-mining town, forty years after the deadly events that nearly took her life and drove her away without a word to her husband.

Years earlier: Headed West to stay with her brother Tommy, a young and feisty Addie arrives in Wyoming having been convinced along the way that the Chinese who work alongside the white men in the small Wyoming town are half-man, half-beast—devious creatures to be wary of. When Tommy falters at homesteading, the siblings look to the coal mines and Addie comes into close contact with one Chinese man in particular, Wing Lee. The bond between the two is a mere spark at first, hampered by the reality for both that a friendship would be impossible, forbidden, even in a territory where almost everyone is an immigrant.

Together, Addie and Wing harbor a secret. Ultimately Addie must protect Wing’s life and fight for what she knows is right, but she still can’t find the answers to life’s most important questions. It’s only as a much older woman, returning to Dire to bid farewell to a friend from decades ago, that Addie comes face-to-face with the man she’s certain tried to kill her, and at last confronts the surprises and losses that await at the end of a difficult journey.

Take Me Home is a searing, redemptive novel that explores justice in a time of violence, and the sweeping landscape between friendship and love.

 

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TAKE ME HOME

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The "home" of the title is the minuscule (and aptly named) settlement of Dire, Wyo., where Addie Maine revisits a locus of love and loss 40 years after the tragic events that had transpired there.In ... Read full review

Take Me Home

User Review  - Maureen Neville - Book Verdict

An award-winning short story writer (World Famous Love Acts) and novelist (Lost Men), Leung here gives us a fascinating depiction of life, love, and racial strife in the mining camps of the 19th ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
30
Section 4
58
Section 5
68
Section 6
85
Section 7
106
Section 8
112
Section 18
233
Section 19
243
Section 20
256
Section 21
270
Section 22
277
Section 23
289
Section 24
297
Section 25
302

Section 9
129
Section 10
138
Section 11
148
Section 12
162
Section 13
169
Section 14
196
Section 15
211
Section 16
219
Section 17
227
Section 26
312
Section 27
322
Section 28
341
Section 29
346
Section 30
359
Section 31
385
Section 32
386
Section 33
387
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Brian Leung is the author of the novel Lost Men. His short-story collection, World Famous Love Acts, won the Asian American Literary Award and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Born and raised in San Diego County, he currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Louisville.

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