The Love Wife

The Love Wife

Book - 2004
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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 Carnegie's Chinese heritage, his wife Blondie's 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 Carnegie's Mainland Chinese relative, a tough, surprisingly lovely survivor of the Cultural Revolution, who comes courtesy of Carnegie's mother's 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400076512
Branch Call Number: F Jen


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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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