The Love Wife

Author(s): Gish Jen
eAudio - unabridged
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Product Number: Z00857
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449889272
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From the massively talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a "half half" family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegie's Chinese heritage, his wife Blondie's WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of their adopted and biological children. Into this new American family comes a volatile new member.Her name is Lanlan. She is Carnegie's Mainland Chinese relative, a tough, surprisingly lovely survivor of the Cultural Revolution, who comes courtesy of Carnegie's mother's will. Is Lanlan a very good nanny, a heartless climber, or a posthumous gift from a formidable mother who never stopped wanting her son to marry a nice Chinese girl? Rich in insight, buoyed by humor, The Love Wife is a hugely satisfying work


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The Love Wife
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Product Number:Z00857
Product Number:C2995

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All formats/editions

Author(s): Gish Jen
Product Number C2995
Released: Sep 08, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419312762
Author(s): Gish Jen
Product Number EB00173620
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9781400043798

Professional reviews

"Chinese-American Carnegie Wong and his distinctively American wife, Blondie, have three children: two daughters adopted from China and a biological son blonder than Blondie. Mixing Chinese beliefs with a distinctively American eye for making a buck, Carnegie's mother, Mama Wong, has her own ideas about her son's life choices. The colorfully tenacious matriarch is convinced that Blondie is an inappropriate wife, and so imports a Chinese nanny for the family. The six narrators present this well-written story seamlessly, allowing the listener to become immersed in its rich characters. Thanks to the Chinese speakers in the cast, this presentation is a joyful portrayal of the challenges experienced by contemporary American immigrants. N.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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