Little Hut of Leaping Fishes by Chiew-Siah Tei

It is 1875 and at Chai Mansion, two babies are born just months apart. As first grandson of Master Chai, Mingzhi's life is already mapped out. Like his grandfather, an opium farmer and feudal landlord, he is destined to inherit wealth and power. His younger brother, Mingyuan, is not so lucky. As second grandson, his fate is to remain forever in his brother's shadow. Set during the dying days of Imperial China, Little Hut of Leaping Fishes is a sweeping tale of sibling rivalry, cultural upheaval and the indelible power of blood ties