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Waylaid Paperback – May 2, 2002
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The novel may work for fans of Suburban Bleak films like "Buffalo 66." -- San Francisco Chronicle, September 15, 2002
Waylaid is like a nihilistic -- but enjoyable -- detour on a journey from nothing to nowhere. -- Time Asia Magazine, September 16, 2002
Top Customer Reviews
In Waylaid, Ed Lin deftly navigates the delicate balance between the ire and angst of growing up Asian in a non Asian society with the beauty and poignancy of just growing up. His nameless protagonist begins a journey of self discovery that is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious, as honest as it is raw. Set in a "No tell Motel" on the Jersey shore, Lin's twelve year old main character finds himself (as we all have at some point in our lives) caught between the rock that is every American man's dream, and the hard place that is every American boy's fantasy. This is a wonderful novel whose universal message should be read and enjoyed by every American, Asian or no. Props to Ed Lin!
Not a novel of complex ideas but of sad and desperate yearnings. Things get worse when the young man's father has a stroke, and the little family is no longer able to maintain the business. What will happen to them now?
Despite its dreary theme, the book is endearingly funny, with snappy dialogue, and unexpected tragicomic scenes. It paints a searing picture of loneliness, struggle, and alientation--the American dream's dark side. It is well written and well worth reading. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber
To some, that description might sound depressing. But to others, it's the recipe for drama. And even to some 12-year-olds, a dream job.
Whatever the case, the book sucks you in into a world peopled by unforgettable characters. The strongest trait of the book, however, is by far the voice of the protagonist. It's a refreshing air of irreverence filled with longing that forces you to read on.
If you're into books about yuppie Asian American success stories or Asian American versions of chick-lit, complete with at least a dozen references to various Korean dishes, this book really isn't going to do it for you. But if you want to read a book that's real, WAYLAID is about as good a start as you can get.
This book is a book that I wish I could have written. It's genuine and it's got heart. And on top of everything, it has tons of laugh-out-loud moments that will delight you even in the face of the dark realities it depicts. It also helped me to write LAS CUCARACHAS, my second novel.
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While I agree with the reviewers, I am compelled to mention that the paperback edition I bought is PHYSICALLY the most difficult book I have ever read! Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Gail R. Gilbert
The book was good. It's hard to believe what the main character's life was like, but probably not that far off for many Chinese kids. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by pl
Awesome book. I read it about 2-3 years ago.
every self respecting 2nd gen asian american(read chinese!) kid should read this book. Read more
Waylaid by Ed Lin is the antithesis of the typical (or stereotypical) Asian-American account of academic or personal success in America. Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by veit
Lin tells an amazing story that is devoid of pretense and is richly heartfelt. To see such honest writing, especially in a debut novel, is quite rare these days. Read morePublished on December 29, 2006 by twodogs