At the height of China's Cultural Revolution, a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general's wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general's mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments after delivering her child.Growing up, each remained ignorant of the other's existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was raised on the mountainside by an old healer and his wife until their deaths landed him in an orphanage, where he was always hungry, alone, and frightened. Though on divergent roads, each brother is driven by a passionate desire; one to glorify his father, the other to seek revenge against him.
Separated by distance and opportunity, Tan and Shento follow the paths before them, unknowingly falling in love with the same woman and moving toward the explosive moment when their fates will finally merge.
Brothers, by bestselling memoirist Da Chen, is a sprawling, dynamic family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny.
"Chen's inventive and sprawling family saga eloquently recreates a time of enormous upheaval." (Publishers Weekly)
"Chen deftly blends pathos and humor in this breathtaking evocation of an era of momentous political, social, and economic change." (Booklist)
"This story of revenge, adventure, and an explosive love triangle satisfies a taste for historical fiction as well as for a family saga." (School Library Journal)
"From Shaolin to the sugarloaf mountains of Gwangdong to Tiananmen Square and the skyscrapers of New York: an epic novel that neatly distills modern Chinese history. Da Chen's elegantly written novel ends on the promise of redemption." (Kirkus Reviews)
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