THE HARMONY SILK FACTORY.
New York: Riverhead Books, (2005) dj First printing. The author's first novel - The Harmony Silk Factory is the textiles store run by Johnny Lim, a Chinese peasant living in rural Malay in the first half of the twentieth century. It is the most impressive and truly amazing structure in the region, and to the inhabitants of the Kinta Valley Johnny Lim is a hero-a Communist who fought the Japanese when they invaded, ready to sacrifice his life for the welfare of his people. But to his son, Jasper, Johnny is a crook and a collaborator who betrayed the very people he pretended to serve, and the Harmony Silk Factory is merely a front for his father's illegal businesses. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Winner of the Whitbread award. 378 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. ISBN: 157322300X
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