The Headmaster's Wager (Paperback)

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    DR. VINCENT LAM is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and was born in Canada. Dr. Lam did his medical training and is an emergency physician in Toronto. His first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, was awarded the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
    Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English academy in 1960s Saigon and is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of his school. Fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, he is quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country, though he also harbors a weakness for gambling haunts and the women who frequent them. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables. But when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage whom he is able to confide in. But as the complexities of war encroach further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.

    Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content


    ISBN 9780307986481
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Paperback
    Pages 441
    Publisher Date 2013-05-14 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Hogarth Pr
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.92 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Lam, Vincent

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