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Typical American by [Jen, Gish]
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Length: 306 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

Jen's wry but compassionate debut novel--the story of a Chinese student adjusting to life in America--is a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle fiction award. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Like Amy Tan and Timothy Mo, Jen's delightful first novel follows the hopeful lives of Chinese immigrants with a great deal of humor and sympathy. As foreign students in New York, Ralph Chang, "Older Sister" Teresa, and Ralph's future wife Helen become trapped in the United States when the Communists assume control of China in 1948. Banding together, the three of them innocently plan to achieve the American dream, while retaining their Chinese values. Predictably, just when they appear to have reached their goal, the lures of freedom prove too great. Ralph's greed leads him to sacrifice his family's security to build Ralph's Chicken Palace, while Teresa and Helen find their own passions ignited in illicit ways. Inevitably, the family--the Chinese symbol of unity--suffers more than a few cracks along the way. This is truly "an American story"--a poignant and deftly told tale of immigrants coming to terms with the possibilities of America and with their own limitations, foibles, and the necessity of forgiveness. Sure to be a popular purchase for public and academic libraries.
- Kathleen Hirooka, Stanford Univ. Libs., Cal.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (November 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PF1Y7IU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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