cover image The Traitor

The Traitor

Laurence Yep. HarperCollins, $17.99 (320pp) ISBN 978-0-06-027522-8

Laurence Yep's Golden Mountain Chronicles-which traces the experiences of the Youngs, a Chinese family, over several generations in America (the publisher includes in the series Dragonwings, Dragon's Gate and Child of the Owl, among others)-continues with The Traitor, set in 1885 in Wyoming Territory. The narrative alternates between Joseph Young (""I was thirteen in Chinese years. Twelve in Western"") and his American counterpart, Michael Purdy, both of whom work in the mines.