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From the highly praised author of Mona in the Promised Land and Who's Irish?--a generous, funny, powerful novel about the new half-half American family. Here is Carnegie Wong, second-generation Chinese-American funny guy. Here is his WASP wife, the za-za-vavoomy Blondie. Here are their two adopted Asian daughters, and their half-half bio son. And here is Mama Wong, Carnegie's noholds-barred mother who, ever-opposed to his marriage, arranges through her will for a mainland Chinese cousin to come look after the kids. Is she, as Carnegie claims, a nanny? Or is she there, as Blondie fears, for some other reason? What happens as Mama Wong's instrument settles into the already overburdened Wong household is as perilous and thought-provoking as it is comic. In making her way through the new world, this enterprising woman throws the cracks of the American body politic into relief, even as she reveals to us the deep fragility of the Family Wong. The Love Wife--its narrative shared among all the members of the clan--brilliantly walks the line between disaster and hope, between drama and humor. It is Gish Jen's most exuberant and accomplished novel.

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From the massively talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a “half half” family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegies Chinese heritage, his wife Blondies WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of their adopted and biological children. Into this new American family comes a volatile new member.Her name is Lanlan. She is Carnegies Mainland Chinese relative, a tough, surprisingly lovely survivor of the Cultural Revolution, who comes courtesy of Carnegies mothers will. Is Lanlan a very good nanny, a heartless climber, or a posthumous gift from a formidable mother who never stopped wanting her son to marry a nice Chinese girl? Rich in insight, buoyed by humor, The Love Wife is a hugely satisfying work.

About the Author

Gish Jen is the author of two previous novels and a book of stories. Her honors include the Lannan Award for Fiction and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Gish Jens Whos Irish? and Mona in the Promised Land are available in Vintage paperback.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400076512
Author:
Jen, Gish
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.98x5.30x.88 in. .65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From the massively talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a “half half” family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegies Chinese heritage, his wife Blondies WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of their adopted and biological children. Into this new American family comes a volatile new member.Her name is Lanlan. She is Carnegies Mainland Chinese relative, a tough, surprisingly lovely survivor of the Cultural Revolution, who comes courtesy of Carnegies mothers will. Is Lanlan a very good nanny, a heartless climber, or a posthumous gift from a formidable mother who never stopped wanting her son to marry a nice Chinese girl? Rich in insight, buoyed by humor, The Love Wife is a hugely satisfying work.
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