By Karen Shepard
(Tin House Books, Paperback, 9781935639558, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 2013
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Combining historical and fictional elements, The Celestials beautifully reimagines the story of Sampson's Chinese experiment and the effect of the newcomers threatening and exotic presence on the New England locals. When Sampson's wife, Julia, gives birth to a mixed-race baby, the infant becomes a lightning rod for the novel's conflicts concerning identity, alienation, and exile.