Diamond Head

Diamond Head

By Cecily Wong

Harper, Hardcover, 9780062345431, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2015


A jewel of a saga. Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Frank Leong, a prominent shipping industrialist and head of the celebrated Leong family, brings his loved ones from China to Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century, when the Japanese invade. But something ancient follows the Leongs to the islands, haunting them the parable of the red string of fate. According to Chinese legend, the red string binds one to her intended beloved, but also punishes for mistakes in love, twisting any misstep into a destructive knot that passes down through generations.

When its patriarch is murdered on Oahu, the Leong family is thrown into a downward spiral. Left to rebuild in his shadow, the surviving members attempt a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past until a letter arrives two decades later, carrying a confession that shatters the family even further.

Now the Leongs survival rests with young Theresa, Frank's only grandchild. Eighteen and pregnant, Theresa holds the answers to her family's mysteries and must decide what stories to tell, with whom to side, and which knots will endure.

Told through the eyes of the Leongs secret-keeping daughters and wives, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly powerful multigenerational tale.

Diamond Head is an intricate meditation on what is in our control and what is fate and on whether children must bear the costs of their parents mistakes. Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

Wong's debut novel will hook readers from the first page and not let go until the final tragic secret is revealed. Library Journal.

About the Author
Cecily Wong s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Self magazine, Bustle, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Barnard College, and lives and writes in New York.