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Locke 1928

Locke 1928

(2007)
(Water Ghosts)
A novel by

 

"Shawna Yang Ryan writes with even frightening intimacy about: preachers, bootleggers, prostitutes, ghosts, and an utterly convincing soothsaying madame. Every word she writes about their storied, haunted, tule-fogbanked Sacramento River town rings absolutely true. Savor Water Ghosts, this brilliant incarnation of the California novel, and you'll be amply, richly rewarded. Just to read it will ruin you for Steinbeck. "
John Beckman


"Artfully woven, exquisitely modulated, walking a master's line between ancient Chinese myth and the grit of immigrant life in the Sacramento Delta, Water Ghosts tells the unforgettable story of a town brought to its knees by loneliness and longing. Complicated, compassionate, haunting, Shawna Yang Ryan's novel feels more like tapestry than words on paper, her prose less like sentences, and more like song. "
Pam Houston


"Shawna Ryan's Water Ghosts is a multi-layered marvel of a book. The prose is a delight, the characters fascinating, the story richly imagined and heart-rending. This first novel of grace and substance presages a notable literary career for Shawna Ryan."
John Lescroart


"Rich in sensuous detail, and rich also in interwoven imagery of fire and water, of destruction and creation, Shawna Yang Ryan's impressive debut novel Water Ghosts, gives voice both to the community and to the individuals who make up the small Sacramento River delta town where Chinese immigrants, Chinese-Americans and white Americans intermingled and sometimes intermarried. The novel seems modest in its geographical scope and in its cast of characters, but it's actually quite audacious in the way it experiments with its genres - simultaneously a history, an historical fiction, a realistic portrayal, an example of magical realism, and a ghost story. It also happens to be a flat-out fine read!"
Ron Loewinsohn


"Shawna Yang Ryan is a gifted writer who has a great feeling for the language and its natural lyrical possibilities. She is a writer who deserves to be taken seriously."
Clarence Major


"Water Ghosts is an auspicious debut that not only entertains, but opens our eyes to a rich, poignant piece of Chinese-American history."
Gail Tsukiyama


"A beautiful debut, Water Ghosts opens up a page in history that sometimes is forgotten by both cultures that once coexisted in Locke, a Sacramento Chinese farming town. By mapping out the familiar and the strange territories of human passion and retelling the old myths, Shawna Yang Ryan tells a story that, in the end, is about how America was truly made. "
Yiyun Li


A mesmerizing story of a community of Chinese immigrants in a small California town in 1928, weaving history and mythology around the lives of the townspeople and the ghosts who haunt them

Locke, CA, 1928 - Three bedraggled Chinese women suddenly appear out of the mist one afternoon in a small Chinese farming town on the Sacramento River, and their arrival throws the community into confusion. Two of the women are unknown to the townspeople, while the third is the long-lost wife of Richard Fong, the handsome manager of the local gambling parlor, who had left her behind in China many years earlier and had not yet returned for her.

Richard's wife's unexpected arrival complicates his life in no small way - not least with two prostitutes at the local brothel he frequents. One, the beautiful young Chloe, depends on him but has eyes for someone else, someone even more forbidden - the local preacher's daughter. The other, Poppy, the psychic madam of the brothel, is desperately in love with him, and she begins to sink into despair as he grows further and further away from her.

As the lives of the townspeople become inextricably intertwined with the newly arrived women, Poppy's premonitions begin to foretell a deep unhappiness for all involved. And when a flood threatens the livelihood of the entire town, the frightening power of these mysterious women who arrived in the mist will be revealed.

Shawna Yang Ryan's melodic first novel is a passionate, sophisticated intertwining of fact and fiction that examines mingling cultures, modern myths, and forgotten history. Locke 1928 beautifully chronicles separation and betrayal, loneliness and longing, and what happens when a Chinese ghost story begins to come true.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : Hardback
Title: Water Ghosts
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: 1594202079 / 9781594202070 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : Paperback
Title: Water Ghosts
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: 0143117270 / 9780143117278 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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May 2009 : Paperback
Title: Water Ghosts: A Novel
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: 1741964180 / 9781741964189 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Murdoch Books
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April 2007 : Paperback
Title: Locke 1928
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: 0976298392 / 9780976298397 (USA edition)
Publisher: El Leon Literary Arts
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Audio Editions

April 2009 : Audio CD
Title: Water Ghosts: A Novel
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: 1400141850 / 9781400141852 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor
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April 2009 : Audio CD
Title: Water Ghosts: A Novel
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: 1400111854 / 9781400111855 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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April 2009 : MP3 CD
Title: Water Ghosts: A Novel
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: 1400161851 / 9781400161850 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Kindle Editions

January 2009 : Kindle edition
Title: Water Ghosts: A Novel
Author(s): Shawna Yang Ryan
ISBN: B001PYO3FS
Publisher: Penguin Books
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