Kai Ting knows what it means to become an American and lose all that is Chinese. It happened to his father, a former officer in Chiang Kai-shek’s army, who never came to terms with his new life in the United States. Now, as a West Point cadet in the 1960s, Kai has a golden chance both to retain his heritage and to become undeniably, gloriously American.
But the Point has dangerous preconceptions about Asians, especially as the war in Vietnam escalates. Kai walks on a razor’s edge…and falls into the dark pit of a cheating scandal. Suddenly, he must learn a new tribal behavior, a new etiquette. And his very survival depends on learning it fast….
Gus Lee was a supervising deputy district attorney, an Army judge advocate, and a paratrooper. He was legal counsel to congressional investigations into military misconduct and won the Silk Purse Award and other distinctions for trial advocacy. He was the statewide… More about Gus Lee
"Superb…Gus Lee has forged a marvelous novel, with a hero capable of embodying the United States and all its multitudinous citizens." — Chicago Tribune
"Moving…Honor And Duty reminds [one] of The Color Purple in the way that family revelations come slowly, subtly, often in fragments that Kai Ting must piece together in order to understand his past." — The New York Times Book Review
"Enlightening And Sobering…Lee is a natural storyteller with wry humor, a wonderful ear for dialogue and the cadences of dialects — black, Southern, Bronx and pidgin English — and a talent for vivid and visceral descriptions." — San Francisco Chronicle