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What we were promised

Author: Lucy Tan; Jennifer Lim
Publisher: Ashland : Hachette Book Group, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Fiction : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises. After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Audiobooks
Downloadable audio books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Source record:
Tan, Lucy.
What we were promised.
[Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2018]
(OCoLC)1042191766
Material Type: Fiction, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Tan; Jennifer Lim
ISBN: 9781549144660 1549144669
OCLC Number: 1043913964
Performer(s): Read by Jennifer Lim.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (11 hr., 1 min., 3 sec.)) : digital.
Responsibility: Lucy Tan.

Abstract:

Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises. After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city. One morning, in the eighth tower of Lanson Suites, Lina discovers that a childhood keepsake, an ivory bracelet, has gone missing.The incident contributes to a wave of unease that has begun to settle throughout the Zhen household. Wei, a marketing strategist, bows under the guilt of not having engaged in nobler work. Meanwhile, Lina, lonely in her new life of leisure, assumes the modern moniker tai tai-a housewife who does no housework at all. She spends her days haunted by the circumstances surrounding her arranged marriage to Wei and her lingering feelings for his brother, Qiang. Lina and Wei take pains to hide their anxieties, but their housekeeper, Sunny, a hardworking woman with secrets of her own, bears witness to their struggles. When Qiang reappears in Shanghai after decades on the run with a local gang, the family must finally come to terms with the past.From a silk-producing village in rural China, up the corporate ladder in suburban America, and back again to the post-Maoist nouveau riche of modern Shanghai, What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families and ourselves.

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