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The Wangs vs. the world

Author: Jade Chang
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent--and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together. Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he's just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chang, Jade, 1975-
Wangs vs. the world.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
(DLC) 2016014904
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jade Chang
ISBN: 9780544734098 0544734092 9780241243480 0241243483 9781443448062 1443448060 9780241249222 0241249228
OCLC Number: 932050574
Description: 354 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jade Chang.

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"A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent--and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together. Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he's just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family's ancestral lands--and his pride. Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China. Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America--and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could"--

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[A] richly entertaining debut . . . smart and engaging * Guardian * Sharply comic, The Wangs Vs the World is a hilarious take on the road trip novel * Stylist * The Wangs vs. the World is one of the Read more...

 
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