July 11, 2019

Gum Moon (Cantonese for “golden gate”) is the remarkable coming of age story of a Chinese American girl who loses everything—family, friends, and home--but through the gift of music, ends up singing at the White House in 1908 at the age of thirteen. She, along with a group of seven other Chinese American children from San Francisco, later sang in Brooklyn, making the front page of the New York Times. The novel is based on events in the life of the author’s wife’s grandmother.