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The Wangs vs. the World

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A “firecracker of a debut” that “knowingly and refreshingly breaks every unwritten rule of the Asian-American family saga” (Newsday), this is one of the year’s most hotly anticipated debuts. Readers will fall in love with the Wangs, a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had—and lost—it all.

Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, big-hearted immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Charles pulls his kids out of schools he can no longer afford and, together with their stepmother, Barbra, the family embarks on a cross-country road trip (Vanity Fair compares it to “a fresh Little Miss Sunshine”). The family travels from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, a disgraced art world It Girl. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets and the rest of them involved in an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

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Critical Praise

“Jade Chang is unendingly clever in her generous debut novel.” —New York Times

“A fresh Little Miss Sunshine.” —Vanity Fair

“[A] brash, bighearted debut smartly recasts what the definition of a quintessentially American story can be..” —Entertainment Weekly

“Jade Chang’s firecracker of a debut knowingly and refreshingly breaks every unwritten rule of the Asian-American family saga, making for a blistering, high-energy read that’s worthy of its pre-publication hype.” —Newsday

“[The Wangs] is unrelentingly fun, but it’s also raw and profane—a story of fierce pride, fierce anger, and even fiercer love.” —NPR.org

“One of the best debut novels of 2016.” —Elle

“Richly entertaining.” —The Guardian

“[A] jam-packed, high-energy debut . . . . Head-spinning fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sharply comic, The Wangs vs. the World is a hilarious take on the road trip novel.” —Stylist (UK)

“Jade Chang grabs hold of the American Dream and turns it upside down in this brash, ebullient, riches-to-rags comic novel. A series madcap adventures that prove there is more to life than money.” —Sunday Express (London)

“Recession-era Little Miss Sunshine meets Arrested Development. . . . A fun debut that offers something a little bit different.” —Big Issue

“Jade Chang’s debut novel is a heartbreaking, hilarious, and honest American epic: a road trip that’s an ultimate escape from our parents’ American dream, toward an unknown destination that’s both more vulnerable and hopeful.” —J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Fresh, energetic, and completely hilarious, The Wangs vs. the World is my favorite debut of the year. —Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie and The Middlesteins Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie and The Middlesteins Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie and The Middlesteins Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie and The Middlesteins

“Funny, brash, honest, full of wit and heart and smarts. This is a novel I wish I could write, have been dying to read, and hope everyone else reads, too.” —Charles Yu, author of Sorry Please Thank You and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“Chang is unendingly clever in her generous debut novel about the comedy of racial identity.” —Scotland on Sunday

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443448727
  • ISBN 10: 1443448729
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 10/10/2017
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price: 18.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Humorous / General
  • BISAC2: FICTION / General
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Sagas

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