The Wangs vs The World

The Wangs vs The World

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'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

Charles Wang has just lost the cosmetics fortune he built up since emigrating to the US. Gone are the houses, the cars, and the incredible lifestyle. Faced with this loss, he decides to take his family on a trip to China and attempt to reclaim his ancestral lands.

But first they must go on a cross-country journey from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the Upstate New York retreat of his eldest daughter, Saina. Charles takes his other two children out of schools that he can no longer afford and packs them into the only car that wasn't repossessed-along with their wealth-addicted stepmother, Barbra.

But with his son waylaid by a much-older temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally, finally fulfilling his dream of China.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 33mm | 625g
  • Fig Tree
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241243483
  • 9780241243480
  • 713,577

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[A] richly entertaining debut . . . smart and engaging * Guardian * Sharply comic, The Wangs Vs the World is a hilarious take on the road trip novel * Stylist * The Wangs vs. the World is one of the most thrilling, skilfully wrought novels I've read in ages . . .a rollicking rambunctious ride with a crew of unforgettable characters. * Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals * A recession-era Little Miss Sunshine meets Arrested Development . . . a fun debut that offers something a little bit different. * Big Issue * 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 * A fresh Little Miss Sunshine. * Sloane Crosley in Vanity Fair * A heartbreaking, hilarious, and honest American epic * J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest *
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About Jade Chang

Jade Chang has covered arts and culture for publications like Metropolis Magazine (where she was the West Coast Editor for several years), the BBC, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Glamour, and others. She recently worked at Goodreads, but has left to concentrate on her writing. The Wangs VS The World is her first novel.
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15,407 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 10% (1,524)
4 31% (4,849)
3 40% (6,128)
2 15% (2,301)
1 4% (605)
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