The Love Wife

The Love Wife

Book - 2004 | First edition
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The arrival of a "cousin" from mainland China, arranged by Mama Wong to serve as a nanny, throws the household of Carnegie Wong, a second-generation Chinese American, his WASP wife Blondie, and their three children into turmoil.

Baker
& Taylor

The arrival of a "cousin" from mainland China, arranged by Mama Wong to serve ostensibly as a nanny, throws the household of Carnegie Wong, a second-generation Chinese American, his WASP wife Blondie, and their three children into turmoil. By the author of Mona in the Promised Land.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400042135
1400042135
Branch Call Number: FIC Jen, G 2004
Characteristics: viii, 379 pages ; 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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