In Cecily Wong's rich and compelling debut novel, Diamond Head, the lives of three generations of women in the Leong family are intricately tied together by the ‘red thread’ of fate. Spanning decades, from China to Hawaii, their secrets and missteps of the past will come to define each of their futures. With keen insight, effused with sadness and hope, Diamond Head is an auspicious debut.
- Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai's Garden and A Hundred Flowers.
Cecily Wong’s lush debut novel hooked me in right away as it slowly unraveled the tangle of secrets the Leong family has kept for decades. Diamond Head is an intricate meditation on what is in our control and what is fate—and on whether children must bear the costs of their parents’ mistakes.
- Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You
Cecily Wong's Diamond Head is a shimmering tapestry of secrets and betrayals, beautifully told through the eyes of the women of the wealthy Leong family. An eye-opening, poignant read set against the backdrop of Hawaii's rich history.
- Yangsze Choo, author of The Ghost Bride
Ms. Wong’s first novel is a vivid story of a family’s journey over time. We live and breathe with her characters as we witness history shaping family, and family creating its own history. Diamond Head is a jewel of a saga.
- Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Diamond Head takes the family saga to a new and very high place. We are given an intimate glimpse of two cultures: The Chinese and the Hawaiian, and we accompany our characters from the Boxer Rebellion, to the Second World War, to the changing days of the early sixties. Diamond Head offers many revelations;
the reader follows the fortunes of this family, breathlessly, hungry for more.
- Mary Gordon, author of The Liar's Wife
“Wong’s multigenerational Hawaiian saga of deception and loyalty evocatively captures the tightly controlled worlds of privilege and power.”
“Wong’s debut novel will hook readers from the first page and not let go until the final tragic secret is revealed... . . Reading groups and fans of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club will enjoy exploring Chinese-Hawaiian history and culture with this lovely novel.”
- Library Journal