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With dazzling wit and compassion, Gish Jen — author of the highly acclaimed novels Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land — looks at ambition and compromise at century's end and finds that much of the action is as familiar — and as strange — as the things we know to be most deeply true about ourselves.

The stories in Who's Irish? show us the children of immigrants looking wonderingly at their parents' efforts to assimilate, while the older generation asks how so much selfless hard work on their part can have yielded them offspring who'd sooner drop out of life than succeed at it.

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"This is a great way to introduce readers to Jen, and her fans will be happy to have these new stories, each of which is a tiny window on a busy world." Library Journal

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"Perceptive and sharply detailed stories that inhabit the boundary between nostalgia and resentment that is the exile's true domain — without falling into either." Kirkus Reviews

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"Ms. Jen...has a keen eye for the incongruities of contemporary life....[S]he gives us a gently satiric look at the American Dream and its fallout." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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"Gish Jen's fiction is always engaging, always necessary." Newsday

About the Author

Gish Jen is the author of the novels Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife and Who's Irish?, 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.

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tolu162002, March 29, 2008 (view all comments by tolu162002)
I have just read the reviwe of people on the book and i think it's okay.
From peoples review, i think the writer real make use of the information she had.
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Chrissy042289, March 25, 2008 (view all comments by Chrissy042289)
I think this book is very charming and enlightening. It provides insight to the difficulties immigrants face when coming to America, and how hard it is for them to leave behind their customs and traditions to conform to the American way of life. Truly Amazing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375705922
Author:
Jen, Gish
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Chinese American families
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
104-493
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 224 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375705922 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a great way to introduce readers to Jen, and her fans will be happy to have these new stories, each of which is a tiny window on a busy world."
"Review" by , "Perceptive and sharply detailed stories that inhabit the boundary between nostalgia and resentment that is the exile's true domain — without falling into either."
"Review" by , "Ms. Jen...has a keen eye for the incongruities of contemporary life....[S]he gives us a gently satiric look at the American Dream and its fallout."
"Review" by , "Gish Jen's fiction is always engaging, always necessary."
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