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The Wangs vs. the World
by Jade Chang


Overview - THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that loses it all, then takes a healing, uproarious road trip across the United States ( Entertainment Weekly ). Their spectacular fall from riches to rags brings the Wangs together in a way money never could.It s an epic family saga and an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America.  Read more...

 
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Overview
THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that loses it all, then takes a healing, uproarious road trip across the United States (Entertainment Weekly). Their spectacular fall from riches to rags brings the Wangs together in a way money never could.It s an epic family saga and an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544734098
  • ISBN-10: 0544734092
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 368


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Family Life
Books > Fiction > Asian American

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Chang’s sparkling debut novel, a family whose fortune has been lost in the 2008 financial crisis takes a cross-country road trip in an effort to regroup. Bouncy patriarch Charles Wang, who immigrated to Los Angeles from China by way of Taiwan when he was a young man and made a fortune manufacturing makeup, drives his daughter, teenage Grace, an avid fashion blogger, and his son, Andrew, an aspiring stand-up comic, across the country with Barbra, their stepmother. Their destination is a little town in the Catskills, where his oldest daughter, Saina, a conceptual artist who has retired in shame from the New York City art world, lives. The family stops in New Orleans, where virginal Andrew becomes temporarily involved with an older woman, and in Alabama, where Charles attempts to deliver a U-Haul full of custom makeup to a boutique country store. Various small crises, notably Saina’s attempt to decide between a sweet new lover and an unreliable older one, keep the plot percolating. Chang’s charming and quirky characters and comic observations make the novel a jaunty joy ride to remember. (Oct.)

 
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