New Land Same Sky
Toronto: Mawenzi House, 2018.
Forthcoming fall 2018
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
The Sino-Indian war has recently ended. The Chinese community in Calcutta (Kolkota), feeling threatened and facing discrimination, begin to look for ways to emigrate. Wen-Lung, a young man in his twenties, goes away on a tourist visa to Toronto, where he marries a white Canadian woman called Megan in order to obtain his legal papers. Meanwhile, back home his pregnant wife, Maylei, fresh out of high school, gives birth to a son. When a few years later she manages to arrive in Toronto, the union is far from ideal, because Wen-Lung is still attached to Megan. And to complicate matters further, Maylei meets her former lover Keith, an Anglo-Indian. Maylei returns to India to give the news to her aging parents caught in the midst of a race riot.
A touching story of modern exile and immigration, of the pain of leaving and the joy of freedom, set in Tangra, the leather district of Calcutta, and in Toronto’s neighbourhoods.