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The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

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A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family.

Charles Wang is mad at America.

A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands-and his pride.

Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

Here's what our #HCCFirstLook readers thought!

"The characters made this book. I loved them all. The characters took me through anger to love and all the emotions in between. The Wang children were particularly lovable and entertaining." - Lorraine J. Read the full review here.

 

"I loved the book. It was funny, insightful, original and very entertaining." - Emilie L. Read the full review here.

 

"I think my favourite scenes in The Wangs vs. World were the ones where we see the siblings all with unique personalities interacting with one another. The interactions were hilarious and it was heartwarming to see how loyal they were to each other." - Lynne T.

 

"The book does an excellent job of mashing up various themes. There's the American dream aspect and the failure to attain the American dream. There's the family dynamics aspect, road trip story, and fish out of water themes." - Charles W. Read the full review here.

 

"This has to be one of the most delightful and humorous books I have read in a long time.... It was completely engulfing and captivating." - Sarah L.

 

"I read the first half of The Wangs vs. The World  with anticipation - waiting and wondering. " - Karen V. Read the full review here.

 

"The book ended on a note that I did not expect or see coming.  Chang doesn’t wrap things up with a tidy bow, which is a good thing in my opinion.  Life is not definite.  Events outside our control happen, all the time, even to us lucky ones, and undo tidy bows all the time. That’s just life" - Terri L. 

 

"I started this novel expecting a lighthearted read and while the book has its share of amusing situations, it also shows how Charles Wang’s path to success included fighting or brazenly embracing stereotypes and prejudices against Chinese immigrants." - Maria. Read the full review here.

 

"With laugh-out-loud wit, Chang delicately breaks down what it’s like to make it as an immigrant in America, what it looks like to lose it all, and what it means to redefine what is important. A stunning debut, The Wangs vs. The World is an essay on our resilience in tragedy and life’s beauty amidst adversity." - Katrina S. Read the full review here.

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