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For fans of Crazy Rich Asians: Meet the Wangs, the unforgettable immigrant family whose spectacular fall from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings them together in a way money never could....
For fans of Crazy Rich Asians: Meet the Wangs, the unforgettable immigrant family whose spectacular fall from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings them together in a way money never could....
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  • For fans of Crazy Rich Asians: Meet the Wangs, the unforgettable immigrant family whose spectacular fall from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings them together in a way money never could.
    Charles Wang, a brash, lovable businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, has just lost everything in the financial crisis. So he rounds up two of his children from schools that he can no longer afford and packs them into the only car that wasn't repossessed. Together with their wealth-addicted stepmother, Barbra, they head on a cross-country journey from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the Upstate New York retreat of the eldest Wang daughter, Saina.

    "Highly entertaining" (BuzzFeed), this "fresh Little Miss Sunshine" (Vanity Fair) is a "compassionate and bright-eyed novel" (New York Times Book Review), an epic family saga, and a new look at what it means to belong in America. "When the Wangs take the world, we all benefit" (USA Today).
    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
    An October 2016 Indie Next Pick
    A PopSugar Best Book for Fall
    A BuzzFeed Incredible Book for Fall
    A Nylon Amazing Book for Fall
    A Bustle Book for Your Fall TBR List
    A Millions Most Anticipated Book
    A Frisky Book to Read for Fall

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  • JADE CHANG has covered arts and culture as a journalist and editor. She is the recipient of a Sundance Fellowship for arts journalism, the AIGA Winterhouse Award for design criticism, and the James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 29, 2016
    In Chang’s sparkling debut novel, a family whose fortune has been lost in the 2008 financial crisis takes a cross-country road trip in an effort to regroup. Bouncy patriarch Charles Wang, who immigrated to Los Angeles from China by way of Taiwan when he was a young man and made a fortune manufacturing makeup, drives his daughter, teenage Grace, an avid fashion blogger, and his son, Andrew, an aspiring stand-up comic, across the country with Barbra, their stepmother. Their destination is a little town in the Catskills, where his oldest daughter, Saina, a conceptual artist who has retired in shame from the New York City art world, lives. The family stops in New Orleans, where virginal Andrew becomes temporarily involved with an older woman, and in Alabama, where Charles attempts to deliver a U-Haul full of custom makeup to a boutique country store. Various small crises, notably Saina’s attempt to decide between a sweet new lover and an unreliable older one, keep the plot percolating. Chang’s charming and quirky characters and comic observations make the novel a jaunty joy ride to remember.

  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2016

    When Charles Wang's cosmetics empire comes crashing down, along with the American dream he's been living, he decides to return to China to reclaim both his good name and his ancestral lands. First he leaves California on a road trip to upstate New York with his second wife and otherwise engaged younger children to his see reclusive older artist daughter. Incidents along the way make Charles understand that he must choose between past and family. Arts and culture journalist Chang starts her fiction career with a bang, her book having been won in a 12-bidder auction and sold to seven territories; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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