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Length: 306 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2902 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Marie is a former teacher, education evaluator, and engineer. A lifelong student, she has degrees in degrees in chemical engineering, teaching, an MFA in writing, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her writing focuses on bilingual and English-only children's books that feature mixed families, as well as literary and contemporary fiction focused on Asian and Asian American characters.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Poon on February 13, 2014
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Marie Chow's debut novel draws you into the mind, and then into the life, of a young woman faced with making a formidable decision for her unborn child. When I first met the narrator, she was far from someone with whom I'd typically empathize. But intrigue quickly drew me in, and I lost quite a bit of sleep following the story to completion!

As the story progresses, it reveals a troubled past where a smart, resourceful child is forced to navigate unfortunate circumstances brought about by misfortune, deceit, and cross-cultural mishap. First generation Chinese compatriots will recognize many elements of her experience, most painful and some comforting, skillfully relayed with a measure of poignancy and dark humor--one cannot help but feel some glee at her critical descriptions of snooty relatives. The reader begins to empathize with the girl and understand the person she becomes as she transitions into her adult life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lorian Schaeffer on January 9, 2014
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This book is a gripping portrayal of a woman trying to explain an unexplainable thing: her decision not to be a mother to her child.
I found the narrator surprisingly sympathetic, and I really enjoyed the tension between her attempt to be honest to her future child, and her desire to justify her choices. She is sometimes painfully honest with herself, about her flaws and the flaws of the people around her. By the end of the book, the narrator's inexplicable decision makes a good deal more sense, even if I could have wished different choices on her.

Among the highlights of the book are the details of the narrator's Chinese background, and a detailed (and sometimes snarky) portrayal of the peculiarities of her family and friends, none of whom are the kind of family I would wish on anyone. The supporting characters are all well-written and extremely engaging, whether that makes you want to punch them or hug them. I was engrossed the whole way through, and found myself drawn into rereading several dozen pages again just now, while trying to look up the narrator's name for this review! I highly recommend it as a moving, engaging character study.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deebo on January 23, 2014
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A wonderful novel about life, relationships, and the emotional realities of choice and consequence. As the life of the narrator unfolds, her independent personality and inner battles ultimately shape an extremely difficult decision. The author writes with raw emotion about characters that draw you in from the start. She has a rare talent for creating a compelling story, writing in a personal style that places the reader inside the thoughts of the protagonist, expressing her joys and struggles in heart-wrenching honesty. Highly recommend!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chameleon on April 10, 2014
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Unwell gave me a strong stirring from the moment I began reading. It reads like it comes out of an entirely different time period. To a great extent I felt at times moved and at other times deeply disturbed. Readers have to be ready for a roller coaster of emotions and times where you will sit and question how minor your own troubles seem.

The author, Marie Chow, is a talented and unwavering writer. I've never read something so powerful. The book will hit you like a brick wall yet you won't be able to put it down. Unwell simply can not be categorized. However, it still manages to stand out as a game-changing piece of literary fiction. This body of work successfully integrates powerful social commentary, individual decision-making in high-risk circumstances, and cultural commentary in a masterful way. Take heed, and pause, but do not hesitate to read Unwell by Marie Chow.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2014
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He’s never watched Annie Hall, Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, Little Women, Fried Green Tomatoes or even Titanic. He’d rather have a root canal or rake leaves for 8 hours. Yet this same man accepted an invitation to read Marie Chow’s newly published book - Unwell, a book with a very pregnant woman’s image on the cover, a book that is a letter from that same nameless, pregnant woman to her unborn child, a book about relationships that explores and expresses the kinds of feelings and sentiments that he’d prefer to keep suppressed and not say aloud. It’s a book about soul searching, family, and mother-daughter angst.

The first short chapter is a sign post to the ending. In the second chapter the narrator engages in introspection and some biographical narrative. It’s engaging stuff, yet he’s not sure this book will be his cup of tea. As he continues to read he is drawn deeper and deeper into the woman’s world. He begins to care about her feelings, her disappointments, her goals, her relationships, and yes even her mother. He relishes her successes, share her slices of joy, and begins to hope that he’s mistaken about what he thinks will be the story’s inevitable conclusion , that he’ll be relieved by an unexpected turn of events on the last pages.

Unwell is an intense, incredibly realistic book, narrated in the first person by a woman who shares all of the intimate details of her life with the reader, her highs, her lows, and her ultimate destructive despair. The reader never does learn the woman’s name, a woman with friends, families, and lovers - immersed in a complicated world of events yet feeling detached and alone, a woman who yearns for the quiet darkness of anonymity.

This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading Unwell, an exploration of one woman’s soul creatively written with elements of humor, suspense, and controlled drama by Marie Chow.

He might even decide to view Fried Green Tomatoes some day.
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