"A globe-trotting, whirlwind, tragi-comic family saga that wrings tears from absurdity and laughter from loss. A joy to read from start to finish."
-- Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize
The Nest meets Crazy Rich Asians in this sharp comedic novel about a Chinese-American family's attempts (or not) to fulfill its dying patriarch's final bequest.
Some of us are more equal than others....
Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Meet Stanley's family: son Fred, frustrated that his years of academic striving (Harvard MBA!) haven't protected him from career stagnation; daughter Kate, balancing a capricious boss, a distracted husband, and two small children; ex-wife Linda, familiar with and suspicious of Stanley's grandiose ways; and second wife Mary, giver of foot rubs and ego massages.
For years, Stanley has insistently claimed that he's worth a small fortune. Now, as the Huangs come to terms with Stanley's approaching death, they are also starting to fear that Stanley's "small fortune" may be more "small" than "fortune." A "study in the difference between expectation and reality" (npr.org), a bittersweet rumination on what we owe our families, and a sharp-eyed look at Silicon Valley's culture of excess, Family Trust is a "dryly cynical" (Globe and Mail) satire of the American dream.
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About the Author
Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.
"A sharp, spirited and wholly original take on the American Dream."--Jillian Medoff, bestselling author of This Could Hurt
"Astute...[Wang] brings levity and candor to the tricky terrain of family dynamics, aging, and excess [and] expertly considers the values of high-tech high society."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A globe-trotting, whirlwind, tragi-comic family saga that wrings tears from absurdity and laughter from loss. A joy to read from start to finish."--Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize
"A wicked and witty send up of Asian-American Silicon Valley elite, a delightful debut that Jane Austen would have approved of."--Micah Perks, author of What Becomes Us
"Funny and compelling."--Southern Living
"Appealing, warm and witty...Family Trust is the perfect title, though Crazy Rich Asians (alas, already taken) would describe this deliciously entertaining novel just as well."--AARP Magazine
"[Wang] explores Silicon Valley subculture with wit and ultimately reveals a deep understanding of her feckless strivers."--Booklist
"Readers who enjoy complicated novels about family issues will find this engrossing work impossible to put down."--Library Journal (starred review)
"At once a Chinese-American story, a Silicon Valley story, and a family saga with great characters and robust storytelling. It's smart and wickedly funny, too, which is a winning combination."--Bookreporter.com
"Dryly cynical...the hook, however, lies in Wang's relatable portraits of the various members of the Huang family."--The Globe and Mail
"Wang speaks with authority, insight, and irony about the ethnic and socio-economic realities at business school, in Silicon Valley, in mixed-race relationships and marriages. A strong debut."--Kirkus Reviews
"It's a story of trust in both senses of the word, and Wang guides us effortlessly through that intertwining mess of love and resentment that only family can create. She does so against the backdrop of Silicon Valley wealth and pretensions, perfectly skewering its (and our) culture of excess."--Buzzfeed
"Insightful, witty and acutely honest....[Wang's] dissection of the glamorous appeal of this superficial slice of life succeeds on many levels."--BookPage
"FAMILY TRUST offers an exquisite rendering of the way relationships evolve and are nurtured over a lifetime, and of the circumstances that either draw individuals closer or drive them apart."
--Meghan Maclain Weir, author of The Book of Essie
"Family Trust is a smart, thoughtful, and funny read that you won't want to put down."--Popsugar
"Set in a Silicon Valley that is as monstrous and absurd as it is true to life, Family Trust examines the nature of family loyalty and obligation as well as the choices that set lives on seemingly irreversible courses."--San Francisco Book Review
"Insightful, witty and acutely honest.... Succeeds on many levels and will appeal to a wide variety of readers."--BookPage
"American literature knows family about as well as anything else....By now the clichés write themselves. Yet debut author Kathy Wang confidently leans into them, spicing up old stories -- the tense reunions and fatal betrayals and dying fathers -- with fresh faces."--Entertainment Weekly
"Guaranteed jackpot for book clubs."--People, Book of the Week
"Addictive....a story about families and what connects everyone to one another, about the ties that bind and what the comfort that financial security can bring to people inside the hamster wheel of American consumerism."--NPR.org
"This social satire is Kathy Wang's debut, and it bristles with wit."--Toronto Star
"A mash-up of Crazy Rich Asians and the TV series Silicon Valley, with elements of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire Of The Vanities and Jane Austen's comedy of manners and family dynamics."--Irish Times
"An old plot device gets a fresh life in this debut novel about a family gathering around the impending death of its patriarch in Silicon Valley."--Washington Post
"Silky in satire, the writing is biting, bristling, intelligent; this is a detached story of modern family ties, frequently funny but seldom warm."--Irish Times