The Boat to Redemption

When his father's ancestry is called into question during China's Cultural Revolution, a boy must leave his home on the shore and live among the boat people. Su Tong (Raise the Red Lantern) won the 2009 Asian Man Literary Award for this poignant coming-of-age tale in which a young man learns to navigate innocence and experience, land and sea, shame and pride.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…