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In The Eighth Promise, author William Poy Lee provides a rare glimpse of the Chinese-American immigrant experience from a mother-son perspective. This affecting tale criss-crosses both time and place from his mother’s war torn childhood in China during the 1930s to the housing projects of San Francisco’s Chinatown to the counterculture of North Beach in the 1960s. Exuberant and sprawling, The Eighth Promise is told in two voices: the author’s own and that of his mother. The mother’s perspective provides a sense of tradition and culture as the author becomes completely American—only to realize that his simple Toisan farmer mother has been his greatest wisdom teacher. It is a stunning tale of injustice, fortitude, survival, and ultimately redemption.