Fictional autobiography loosely based on author's family life in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau from the 1930s to 1960s. Retraces his family lines, which once were the wealthiest and most powerful circles in Shanghai and Macau, and tells of the decadence of the times. Examines cultural clashes and the resulting effects in later generations. Includes photos. Author was born in Hong Kong now lives near Melbourne. Previous titles include 'Birds of Passage', which shared the 1982 'Australian'/Vogel Literary award, and 'Double-Wolf', winner of the 1991 'Age' Book of the Year Award and the 1992 Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction.