Synopses & Reviews
In eight wonderfully alive stories, the acclaimed author of Mona in the Promised Land and Typical American chronicles Chinese and other Americans as they exuberantly win, lose, love, hate, overachieve, underachieve, and generally take on America--with sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking results.
Life now is not what it was a generation ago, but is it any easier? A Chinese-American woman attempts to discipline her Chinese-Irish-American grandchild, only to come up against her daughter's state-of-the-art parenting. A grown man flees to China to escape his disapproving mother, "who called every day, lest he forget she was not speaking to him." A computer expert accidentally books himself into a welfare hotel. A bohemian art student turned young mother finds herself entrenched in PTA meetings and soccer games when her WASP husband opts out and takes off for the woods. A family takes its first comically disastrous steps toward joining a country club. The stories in Who's Irish? prove once again that Gish Jen is an essential writer for our time--a writer who moves and entertains us as she updates the American Dream.
About the Author
Gish Jen grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and graduated from Harvard. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. The author of two novels, Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Table of Contents
Who's Irish? -- Birthmates -- The water faucet vision -- Duncan in China -- Just wait -- Chin -- In the American society -- House, house, home.