Cover Photo: photo by gauthier delecroix/flickr
photo by gauthier delecroix/flickr

A Flea for a Dog

A turkey, a gown, a motorcycle, for bartered Chinatown dreams.

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From the book A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua. Copyright © 2018 by Vanessa Hua. Reprinted by arrangement with Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a novel, A River of Stars, and a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.