Interior Chinatown

Charles Yu (Author)
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2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire. --The Washington Post

Soon to be a Hulu series: from the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he's merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy--the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?

After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he's ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family. Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration--Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

Fresh and beautiful. . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition." --The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
November 17, 2020
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780307948472

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About the Author

Charles Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown, a National Book Award finalist. He received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.

Reviews

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
TIME - THRILLIST - KIRKUS REVIEWS

"[A] sharply observed, darkly humorous evocation of the Asian American experience."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Bold, even groundbreaking. . . . Interior Chinatown solders together mordant wit and melancholic whimsy to produce a moving exploration of race and assimilation."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Interior Chinatown . . . recalls the humorous and heartfelt short stories of George Saunders, the metafictional high jinks of Mark Leyner, and films like The Truman Show."
--The New York Times

"Meticulously crafted. . . . Yu tells us about ourselves with his haunting depictions of the immigrant experience, familial relationships, and the abiding desire to break from the pressures of conformity and live an authentic life."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"Yu has a devilish good time poking fun at the racially blinkered ways of Hollywood. . . . [Interior Chinatown is] rollicking fun, and its reclamation of Asian American history, with all its attendant sorrows and hopes, holds out the possibility of a new, true story ahead."
--New York Journal of Books

"Honest, funny, sad, and necessary satire."
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Thrillist

"Passionate and clever. . . . A caustic, absurd, and endearing exploration of Asian American stereotypes, police procedurals, and the immigrant experience."
--Shelf Awareness

"A stunning novel about identity, race, societal expectations, and crippling anxiety told with humor and affection and a deep understanding of human nature."
--The Washington Independent Review of Books

"Conflates history, sociology, and ethnography with the timeless evils of racism, sexism, and elitism in a multigenerational epic that's both rollicking entertainment and scathing commentary."
--Booklist (starred review)