Yellowfish

Keeble, John

Published by Harpercollins, 1987
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Signed and dated by author. Some shelf wear, small part of top right corner bent, creasing from being read. SEE PHOTOS. Wesley Erks, itinerant machinist and "high class jack-of-all-trades," takes a hefty fee for smuggling a group of illegal Chinese immigrants ("yellowfish") from Vancouver, B.C., to San Francisco in the 1970s. Three are teenaged "Hong Kong boys," one of whom has been grievously injured. The fourth, a fugitive and the son of a rich Chinese casino owner, means to settle a grudge with a Chinese American secret society, the Triad, but is himself being pursued. The tale of the perilous journey of these five men, along with a woman who becomes implicated in a double-cross, is filled with vivid fictional and historical characters. The whole of it conjures the story of the West itself. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Wesley Erks, sometime farmer, machinist, coke runner, amateur historian, and folklorist, drives southward through the mountains from Vancouver to San Francisco with four illegal Chinese immigrants, one of whom is being pursued by assassins

From the Publisher: "A novel of grandeur and daring, a book of fierce pleasures. Its themes are those that have occupied the great story-tellers from the beginning: the journey of self-discovery, danger and self reliance." - Raymond Carver

"A complex, almost Faulknerian portrait of the Pacific Northwest - as beautiful and mysterious as the area itself. It is also a hell of a good read." - James Welch

"Its surface is a stunning story of survival; its depth is the American journey to the West. They reflect each other, for Yellowfish is a new version of how the West was and is won by lost people. A bright vision of the morals of necessity, beautifully told." - Mary Lee Settle

"One golden book. A Western worthy of the name . . . yet mystical, timeless, universal." - Chicago Sun Times

"John Keeble has written a thrilling book. . . . He has a fine ear for dialogue; all of his people live and breathe on the page; the men are wonderfully drawn, and the women! - the women are superb. . . . I want you to read this book, cherish it, lend it to your friends." - Carolyn Kizer, Northwest Review

"The author restores the tired abstractions of great Western space and silence with fresh feelings of motion and flight. Both animals and men are hunted in this hard though never heartless book. The prey die with fierce dignity and the predators do not gloat." - Time

"Along comes John Keeble, loaded with panache and talent. . . . Keeble has done nothing less than fashion a new way of looking at a region of the earth, a country and its people." - Toronto Globe and Mail

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Title: Yellowfish
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Good

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