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Riassunto: From the highly praised author of Mona in the Promised Land and Who?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.

Recensione: The realities of mixed-heritage familes are explored in The Love Wife: those serio-comic moments that all families run into, but that are particularly difficult when its members are of completely different backgrounds. In this case, the non-American heritage is Chinese and the practitioner is an old hand. Gish Jen wrote Mona in the Promised Land, Who's Irish?, and Typical American, all rich and telling contributions to immigrant literature. The Love Wife combines humor, pathos, a big surprise at the end, and dead-on dialogue between children and parents to keep the reader engaged.

Carnegie Wong, only son of successful immigrant Mama Wong, much to his mother's horror, marries big, blonde, Caucasian Jane, known ever after, pejoratively, as Blondie. Carnegie has already adopted an Asian child of unknown origin--a factor in the story--when he meets Blondie and they adopt a Chinese girl. Lizzy and Wendy are eventually joined by a bio-baby boy, Bailey, who is "half-half" and disconcertingly blonde. The family is complete, Mama Wong dies, and along with her go all her prescriptive, preemptive, insulting remarks. Not quite. Her domineering hand reaches from the grave back to China and then to Carnegie and Blondie's home, delivering Lan, an erstwhile "cousin" Mama has bequeathed to her son and his family. She is supposed to be a nanny, but Blondie believes that she has been sent to be a "love-wife" or concubine.

The entire family dynamic is changed almost instantly. Lan, a model of passive-aggression, immediately ingratiates herself to the girls. Blondie, a model of forebearance as she is berated by her eldest daughter, misunderstood by her husband and detested by Lan, tries to befriend Lan; a lesser person would have driven her from the house. Lan is so obvious that she becomes a self-parody. Blondie quits her job to spend more time with her family; Carnegie loses his, and the family is headed for implosion.

This would have been quite enough plot to carry these characters into, and perhaps out of, heavy waters, but there are other complications; entrepreneurial thirst denied, racism in the 'burbs, a killing fire and bad choices abounding. It's a very full plate at the end, which is ambiguous enough to allow the reader to believe anything. --Valerie Ryan

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Descrizione libro Recorded Books, United States, 2004. CD-Audio. Condizione libro: New. 147 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New. Carnegie Wong and Blondie meet and marry in college when they are asked to take in a baby of Asian descent (Chinese Korean? Japanese?) Their modern American marriage thrives as they adopt another girl from China and eventually have a son of their own. But always in the background is the delightful evil genius of the story, Mama Wong, who swam from mainland China to the freedom of Hong Kong by hugging two basketballs for flotation. She s a Chinese mother of staggering ambition, and Carnegie spends his life resisting her. As the story opens, the family is awaiting the arrival of a cousin from China to help babysit and attend the college she s missed because of the Cultural Revolution. What happens as this unknowing instrument of Mama Wong inserts herself into the already over burdened household leads to a funny, witty, perilous situation. The cracks in America s body politic are thrown into comic relief as the cousin applies her Chinese focus to the contemporary scene, and the fragile structure of the Wong family threatens to collapse. Codice libro della libreria AAC9781419304811

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Descrizione libro Recorded Books. No binding. Condizione libro: New. Audio CD. Dimensions: 5.8in. x 5.3in. x 2.0in.From the highly praised author of Mona in the Promised Land and Whos Irisha 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, Carnegies 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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Audio CD. Codice libro della libreria 9781419304811

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Descrizione libro Recorded Books, United States, 2004. CD-Audio. Condizione libro: New. Unabridged. 147 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New. Carnegie Wong and Blondie meet and marry in college when they are asked to take in a baby of Asian descent (Chinese Korean? Japanese?) Their modern American marriage thrives as they adopt another girl from China and eventually have a son of their own. But always in the background is the delightful evil genius of the story, Mama Wong, who swam from mainland China to the freedom of Hong Kong by hugging two basketballs for flotation. She s a Chinese mother of staggering ambition, and Carnegie spends his life resisting her. As the story opens, the family is awaiting the arrival of a cousin from China to help babysit and attend the college she s missed because of the Cultural Revolution. What happens as this unknowing instrument of Mama Wong inserts herself into the already over burdened household leads to a funny, witty, perilous situation. The cracks in America s body politic are thrown into comic relief as the cousin applies her Chinese focus to the contemporary scene, and the fragile structure of the Wong family threatens to collapse. Codice libro della libreria AAC9781419304811

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