A Superior Man

Paul Yee’s first novel for adults: a historical account of a Chinese man on a journey to find the mother of his son.

In this novel, set in the nineteenth century against the backdrop of Chinese coolies building a railway in the nascent west, Yang Hok embarks on a treacherous journey to return his half-Chinese, half-Native son to the boy’s mother, who abandoned him. This far-reaching novel crackles with the brutal, visceral energy of the time; boldly frank and steeped in history, A Superior Man paints a vivid portrait of the Chinese experience in the Pacific Northwest in the nineteenth century.