By Fred Wah
The 10th Anniversary edition of this classic Nelson memoir tells the story of the Diamond Grill, in 1951 the newest and most modern Chinese Café in Nelson. The author’s father was a Canadian born Chinese-Scots-Irishman who grew up in China and his mother, a Swedish-born Canadian from Swift Current. Wah Senior ran the Grill where Fred, future writer and poet, grew up white enough to pass, but never losing the sense of being different. This ‘brilliant gem of a book’ won the 1997 Howard O’Hagan Short Fiction Award.