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The Love Wife

Jen, Gish

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ISBN 10: 1400042135 / ISBN 13: 9781400042135
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated. Signed by the author on the half-title page: "Gish Jen." Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95); "Signed by the author / Harvard Book Store" sticker on front panel; corner crease to front flap, else fine. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001888

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Title: The Love Wife

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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From the highly praised author of Mona in the Promised Land and Who?s Irish??a generous, funny, explosive novel about the new ?half-half? American family.

Here is Carnegie Wong, second-generation Chinese American warm heart and funny guy. Here is his WASP wife, the delicious ?za-za-vavoomy? Blondie. Here are their two adopted Asian daughters, and their half-half bio son. And here is Mama Wong, Carnegie?s no-holds-barred mother, who, eternally opposed to his marriage, has arranged from her grave for a mainland Chinese relation to come look after the kids. Is this woman, as Carnegie claims, a nanny? Or is she, as Blondie fears, something else?

What happens as Carnegie and Blondie try to incorporate the ambiguous new arrival into their already complicated lives is touchingly, brilliantly, intricately told.

Powerfully evoking the contemporary American family in all its fragility and strength, Gish Jen has given us her most exuberant and accomplished novel.

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"A big story: a story about families and identity and race and the American Dream. . . . Jen's most ambitious and emotionally ample work yet." -"The New York Times""Vibrant, vital. . . . Wise and compassionate, The Love Wife""unflinchingly probes the ties that bind-and separate-people, races and nations." -"People""A feast of gab, of proclamation and rebuttal, some of the quirkiest, funniest, most intelligent fictional talk in years." -"Newsday""A lush, funny, yet deeply moving novel of family and identity, a wondrous swoosh of a story." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

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