Vessel A memoir

Chongda Cai, 1982-

Book - 2021

"An unprecedented and heartfelt memoir that illuminates the lives of rural Chinese workers, offering a portrait of generational strife, family, love, and loss that crosses cultures and time. Cai Chongda spent his childhood in a rural fishing village in Fujian province. When his father-a former communist gang leader turned gas station owner-has a stroke that partially paralyzes him, his responsibilities fall to Cai, his only son. Assuming his new role as head of the family, Cai toils his mother and older sister to pay the medical bills that have become a part of a rapidly changing Chinese society. As Cai works his way through university and moves to Beijing, eventually becoming a director of GQ China, he finds his life increasingly at odds with the family he supports but has left behind. Like The Glass Castle and Hillbilly Elegy, Vessel neither romanticizes nor condemns the people and circumstances that shaped a young man's life, but instead offers a way forward, revealing how tradition can enrich modern life."--

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New York : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2021.
First HarperVia hardcover [edition]
Item Description
"Originally published as Pinang in China in 2014 by Guomai Culture and Media Co. Ltd."--Title page verso.
Physical Description
298 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Chongda Cai, 1982- (author)
Other Authors
Dylan Levi King (translator)
  • Vessel
  • My Mother's House
  • Frailty
  • Christmas in the ICU
  • Friends in High Places
  • Bella Zhang
  • Tiny and Tiny
  • Wenzhan
  • Hope
  • You can't hide the ocean
  • A Thousand Identical Cities
  • The Question We All Must Answer Eventually
  • Homecoming
  • Where is this train going?