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God of Luck

by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

      Ah Lung and his wife, Bo See, were separated when Ah Lung was kidnapped and enslaved at the guano mines off the coast of Peru. Bo See lives with Ah Lung’s family and tries to help them raise the money to pay for bringing Ah Lung home through raising silkworms. Ah Lung tries to stay alive so he can return to his family.

Ruthanne Lum McCunn takes an old idea—a person being kidnapped—and turns the story into a rich tale of what people will do in order to survive. God of Luck is told from both Ah Lung’s and Bo See’s points of view. This adds details that would not be understood if the story was told from one person’s point of view. The characterizations of Ah Lung and Bo See are done with intimate details that show the love and affection that they have for each other, an affection that not many people outside the marriage can understand.

God of Luck is based on historical fact, so the setting is very important to the story. It is told in a subtle manner.  The details about life on the boat and what was happening back home are done well. They show their importance to the time, and what people had to endure.

The Book

Soho Press, Inc.
September 2008
Historical Fiction [19th C China and Peru]
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The Reviewer

Jen Oliver
Reviewed 2009
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