Kiam-Kim is three years old when he arrives by ship at Gold Mountain with his father and his grandmother, Poh-Poh, the Old One. It is , and because of. Summary. “A new book from Choy is an event. His writing has a quiet integrity and an exquisite grace.”–Maclean’s Winner of the Trillium Book Award. All that matters by wayson choy. NATASHA LEMIRE-WAITE. Vancouver Chinatown ‘s – 40’s. Immigrating to Canada. Kiam-Kims.

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Choi, Susan, Published: Despite this disappointment, I wouldn’t have exchanged that for the Jack saga. Do not drown in the past. I was kind of disappointed in the ending though, it seemed to just drift off. Neither sequel nor prequel, All That Matters runs chronologically parallel to the first novel, this time from the perspective of First Son Kiam-Kim, who appears as only a shadowy presence in The Jade Peony.

The train engine gave another shriek. Author of the Jade Peony, this novel is apparently a sequel. At first I didn’t like the ending, but I’ve made my piece with it. He confronted a chilling fact: The characters are really familiar. I found the writing to be beautiful but not in a cloying way I’m not a fan of poetry the characters are all fully developed and perfectly depict the trials and tribulations of growing up. The time period is late twenties to late forties and gives an excellent picture of the culture of Chinatown—at least from the perspective of a person who has never spent much time there.


Since the closing down of the railroad work camps, Chinatown is filled with unemployed labourers who live in poor rooming-houses. I did enjoy the ending.

Summaries and Excerpts: All that matters : a novel / Wayson Choy.

It also gives a vibrant picture of life in Chinatown in Vancouver in those times, or what I imagine it would have been. Kiam Kim becomes best friends with his next door neighbour, an Waayson boy named Jack O’Connor and with Jenny Chong who is the daughter of one of his grandmother’s mah-jong players. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I really enjoyed the Chinese customs with the spirits and seeing ghosts.

In their new life, there is a constant struggle to balance the new Gold Mountain ideas with the old traditions and knowledge of China. Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor!

Poh-Poh glanced behind her. I did finish the book and it was a great way to tie up threads and see another side of the Chen family. It took me a few pages to get used to the style of writing but then thought “This is beautifully written”.


Lisa Llamrei, author of “Reflection of the Gods” As I got closer to the end, I found that I was sad that it was the last chapter because I wanted to know more, to read more about Kiam-Kim. The wailing finally reached thag ears.

The maters period is late twenties to late forties and gives an excellent picture of the culture of Chinatown—at least from the perspective of a p Author of the Jade Peony, this novel is apparently a sequel.


Apart from this stuff of attachment, the book was thoroughly enjoyable and interesting. All That Matters by Wayson Choy.

This sequel to The Jade Peony was terrific, though it took me about 50 pages to get into it. Books by Wayson Choy. It is the story of a successful immigration to the Gold Mountain – the story of growing up Chinese and the merging the old ways with new ways — no one is terrorized or beaten or sold or starved although these events tat alluded to. That fact alone has prompted me to find more his works. But I was tyat thinking of trains. Perhaps this can be better related to males who read mattters book, but as proven in ‘The Jade Peony’, Choy has the natural ability to capture the innocence and thought processes of youth impeccably.

Choy also does a masterful job of balancing the stories told in each novel against each other: I put my own hands around the middle rail wayaon threw my head back, and tried to look as bold and as unafraid as Father.

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