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The love wife
Gish Jen
Adult Fiction JEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Before Lan, a distant relative, arrived from China, the Wong family knew who they were: father Carnegie; mother Blondie; two adopted Chinese daughters, Lizzie and Wendy; and one biological son, Bailey. Except for baby Bailey, each member takes turns beseeching the listener to understand the Wong family from his or her perspective. It seems fitting that multiple narrators should take turns telling a story that explores the complex frontiers of the modern American family, but their overlapping, interrupting voices create a chaos that, while accurately representing family life, may prove unsettling to listeners. Additionally, interjections like Carnegie?s single-line rejoinders to Blondie?s laments, or Lizzie?s sudden, venomous reactions to Wendy?s sweet childhood stories make the characters feel more like disembodied voices than real people. Carnegie and his daughters are given clear voices and appropriate accents, but Blondie?s voice sounds strangely exotic and not at all Middle American, as it?s supposed be. All in all, though the novel has the makings of an important work of literature, this audio translation may bring listeners more confusion than satisfaction. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Forecasts, July 26). (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

This is the tale of Carnegie Wong's (Chinese American, second generation) marriage to Jane (Caucasian and nicknamed Blondie by his mother), their adoptions of Lizzy and Wendy (both Asian), the birth of their (blonde) biological son, Bailey, Mama Wong's immigration to the United States from China, and Lan, the distant relation from China sent to live with them. While this may sound confusing, the unnamed narrators portray each character with such authenticity and individuality that the listener immediately knows who is speaking. All these strands weave into a compelling and moving story. The struggles of race, class, nationality, and ties of blood and family are present throughout. Jen has crafted a novel the listener will not soon forget. A superlative job by both author and readers; highly recommended for all public libraries.-Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Carnegie Wong
Age: Middle aged
Chinese American
Janie's husband; first-generation American.

Janie "Blondie" Wong
Age: Middle aged
Carnegie's wife.

Lan Lin
Age: 46
Carnegie's distant cousin.

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