Flatiron Books Four Treasures of the Sky: A novel
Flatiron Books Four Treasures of the Sky: A novel

Four Treasures of the Sky: A novel

By Jenny Tinghui Zhang


Publication Date: April 5, 2022

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A propulsive and dazzling debut novel, set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West

Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. From a calligraphy school to a San Francisco brothel to a shop tucked into the Idaho mountains, we follow Daiyu on a desperate quest to outrun the tragedy that chases her. As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been—including the ones she most wants to leave behind—in order to finally claim her own name and story.

At once a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking work of historical fiction, Four Treasures of the Sky announces Jenny Tinghui Zhang as an indelible new voice. Steeped in untold history and Chinese folklore, this novel is a spellbinding feat.

About the Author

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Texas-based Chinese American writer whoholds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Wyoming (where she wrote thepopular Catapult column Why-oming) and is an alumna of the 2016 VONA/Voices, TinHouse Summer 2019 & Winter 2020 Workshops. Jenny is a prose editor at The Adroit Journal and has written nonfiction for The Cut, Bustle, Huffington Post, and HelloGiggles. Her fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Passages North, CALYX, The Rumpus, and more.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

ISBN: 9781250811783

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