The Love Wife

The Love Wife

Book - 2004 | 1st ed.
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From the highly praised author ofMona in the Promised LandandWho's Irish?--a generous, funny, explosive novel about the new "half-half" American family. Here is Carnegie Wong, second-generation Chinese American warm heart and funny guy. Here is his WASP wife, the delicious "za-za-vavoomy" Blondie. Here are their two adopted Asian daughters, and their half-half bio son. And here is Mama Wong, Carnegie's no-holds-barred mother, who, eternally opposed to his marriage, has arranged from her grave for a mainland Chinese relation to come look after the kids. Is this woman, as Carnegie claims, a nanny? Or is she, as Blondie fears, something else? What happens as Carnegie and Blondie try to incorporate the ambiguous new arrival into their already complicated lives is touchingly, brilliantly, intricately told. Powerfully evoking the contemporary American family in all its fragility and strength, Gish Jen has given us her most exuberant and accomplished novel.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400042135
1400042135
Branch Call Number: FIC JEN
Characteristics: viii, 379 p. ; 25 cm.

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esterman1 Dec 28, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised. Jen explores the interesting premise of a mixed-race family that is trying to live a stereotypical suburban lifestyle. When a new quasi-family member shows up their fragile bonds are strained.

The writing is incisive and perceptive at times, and the plot stays interesting and even unpredictable - to me the characters could be more complex.

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