The Family Chao

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.54 X 8.26 X 0.8 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author
Lan Samantha Chang is the author of three novels: The Family Chao, Inheritance, and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. Her work has been translated into nine languages. The director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she lives in Iowa City.
In this symphonic novel, Lan Samantha Chang gives us a multitude of souls lost and found: the gregarious are isolated, the ruthless are hunted, the voiceless scheme with hidden power, the innocent suffer from murderous desire. This is one of the finest and most ambitious novels about America I've read in recent years.--Yiyun Li, author of Must I Go
Written in graceful prose and with astonishing perception, this novel is a must-read, a campaign against indifference, a journey into the heart of the American dream, and a page-turner. Candid, penetrating, refreshing.--T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville
Family drama, murder mystery, love story, The Family Chao is an oftentimes funny and sometimes sad portrait of a Chinese American family who runs that most ubiquitous of institutions: the Chinese restaurant. With nuance and slyness, wit and empathy, Chang turns the desires and deceits of one unhappy family into a moving and compelling saga of that classic American illness: ambition.--Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Committed
I loved Lan Samantha Chang's The Family Chao, at once a brilliant reimagining of Dostoevsky and a wholly original and gripping story about the passions, rivalries, and searing pressures that roil a singular immigrant family.--Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions
An ingenious and cunning reboot of Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. The harrowing and humorous family drama is wrapped in a murder mystery... In this timely, trenchant, and thoroughly entertaining book, an immigrant family's dreams are paid for in blood. For Chang, this marks a triumphant return.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
A Dickensian drama of family conflicts and intrigues; an insightful comedy of the American immigrant experience, and of a small town's inner workings. Chang's creation of characters through dialogue is worthy of a great playwright.--John Irving, author of Avenue of Mysteries
The story culminates in a trial that becomes a stage for broader debates over obligation, morality, and family. But Chang is excellent at exploring this at a more intimate level as well. A later plot twist deepens the tension and concludes a story that smartly offers only gray areas in response to society's demands for simplicity and assurance. A disruptive, sardonic take on the assimilation story.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
[Chang] lives and writes to push the boundaries of her craft and her world... Her new novel is a genre bender: a murder story whose prose sings and snickers and soars as engagingly as Chang's literary fiction.--Meredith Maran "Washington Post"
A playful literary romp with a serious heart. Ostensibly it's a murder mystery...but it's also an exploration of genre, of literary types and stereotypes, and the impact of these types on the hopes and dreams of its characters... The action soars... Chang's narrative [is] operatic and subversive.--May-Lee Chai "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
[Chang] turns the tired truism about every town having a Chinese restaurant on its head... Beautifully executed.--Bethanne Patrick "Los Angeles Times"
Funny, thought-provoking and paced like a thriller, The Family Chao radically redefines the immigrant novel while balancing entertainment and delight.-- "BookPage (starred review)"
The Family Chao is riveting, delicious, full of love and danger, an intricate look at the so-called American Dream and one small-town American family trying and failing to save itself. Lan Samantha Chang's characters are unforgettable: dear, maddening, funny, cruel. The Family Chao is an up-to-the-minute look at what it means to be accused and visible in America, and also an old-fashioned page-turner. A book to stay up late reading, and then to dream about.--Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Souvenir Museum
The Family Chao is a riveting character-driven novel that delves beautifully into human psychology; Dostoevsky himself would surely approve.--Ilana Masad "NPR"
[A] sizzling...bravely unsentimental murder mystery about a Chinese American family in small-town Wisconsin.--Richard Lipez "Washington Post"
A hilarious mystery that's also a searing take on assimilation and the American dream.-- "People Magazine"
Lan Samantha Chang's The Family Chao is a modern-day Brothers Karamazov, a gorgeous and gripping literary mystery that leads the reader into a hall of mirrors, reflecting with its kaleidoscopic vision themes like family, betrayal, passion, race, culture and the American Dream. Devastating and searing, laugh-out-loud funny and profound, Chang's latest novel is infused with beautiful, evocative writing that will quicken your heart and mind. A masterpiece.--Jean Kwok, author of Searching for Sylvie Lee