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After her magazine career craters, Isabelle Lee, the narrator of Mah's super sharp debut, leaves New York to reconnect with her family roots in China. Her familiarity with the language and culture limited to kitchen Chinese, Isabelle lands a job at a magazine for the expatriate community in Beijing and finds a circle of friends. However, her relationship with her big-shot attorney sister, Claire, who's lived in China for a while, gets off to a rocky start, with the two not knowing quite what to make of each other. Isabelle's Beijing immersion, coupled with her chick lit arc, provides a refreshing and fun narrative, helped along by a fantastic heroine whose insights into modern China and the expatriate experience will intrigue readers. It's a great start for a writer with much promise. (Feb.)
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After getting fired from her job and being dumped by her boyfriend, Chinese American Isabelle Lee decides to leave New York for Beijing in the hope of reigniting her stalled journalism career. She moves in with her older sister, Claire, a studious lawyer turned glamorous expat dating a powerful, married man. After failing to score a job at one of the high-profile foreign bureaus, Isabelle settles for a job as a food critic at an expat magazine called Beijing NOW. As she settles into her new job, Isabelle draws the attention of two men: a dashing Chinese pop star named Jeff and her charming neighbor Charlie, who works at the American Embassy. Though she’s taken with both, Jeff’s attentions threaten to cost her an important story for the magazine. The vibrant depiction of Beijing, lush descriptions of sumptuous Chinese meals, and Isabelle’s struggle with how others perceive her distinguish Mah’s first novel. --Kristine HuntleySee all Editorial Reviews
Interesting story as read from the Greek version . A story describing the life of a woman who was fired from her job in USA and left her country to visit her sister in China... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Zach Liang
For anyone who has lived and worked in Beijing - you'd connect at the level of Mah's anecdotes - the people you meet, all these familiar places to go, expat enclaves, opportunities... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Juliana Loh
I very highly recommend this book for any reader who loves to read about food or travel or both. It had plenty of stories of Beijing along with bits of drama and laughter thrown... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I knew that I would enjoy this book before I even started because I always enjoy reading about other cultures, but I didn't know that I would enjoy it as much as I did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SGT PEPPER
Biographical fiction. Interesting read about Chinese American woman's adjustment to life in Beijing.Published 7 months ago by Grammy
Loved the intriquement of the two sisters living in Beijing and the description of Chinese food!
Mostly that moving to new places helps us find out more about ourselves!,
Sometimes, a 30 something making their way in the world.Sometimes, a decent commentary on life in the new China. But mostly angst