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Mona in the Promised Land

Jen, Gish

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ISBN 10: 0679445897 / ISBN 13: 9780679445890
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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The advance reading copy/uncorrected proof of the hardcover first edition, with illustrated wraps of the Chip Kidd jacket design; book is not marked anywhere as an ARC or proof, but back wrap lacks any text, as does the "A Note on the Type" page. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the half-title page: "To Alysson-- / With pleasure at finally meeting! / Yours / Gish Jen / 5/13/96." Book is tight, square, and unmarked, with the exception of a blue marker line on bottom page edges. Mylar protected. Bookseller Inventory # 002053

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Title: Mona in the Promised Land

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC)

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In 1968, the Chang family moves to posh Scarshill, New York, where the rhodendrons are as big as the Chang family's old bathroom, and nobody trims the forsythia into little can shapes. This takes some getting used to--especially since there's also a new social landscape, with a hot line, a mystery caller, and a temple youth group full of radical ideas. From the author of Typical American.


Gish Jen's second novel is populated by characters who "switch" ethnicity almost as if they were changing their hairstyles. The main character, Mona Chang, whose parents were featured in Jen's first effort, Typical American, acts Chinese for her American schoolmates and then converts to Judaism and becomes known as Changowitz. Then there's Naomi, a black woman who teaches Mona's Chinese-American sister about being Chinese. Jen's casual style and deftness with different voices make this a rich and compelling novel.

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