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Mambo in Chinatown - A Novel

Jean Kwok

From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation, a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York's Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie's entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works-miserably-as a dishwasher. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie's natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed-something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds-Eastern and Western, old world and new-to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.

From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation, a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York's Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie's entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works-miserably-as a dishwasher. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie's natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed-something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds-Eastern and Western, old world and new-to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation, a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York's Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie's entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works-miserably-as a dishwasher. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie's natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed-something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds-Eastern and Western, old world and new-to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Angela Lin

Length:

12h 53m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:45


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:12


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:34


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:41


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:26


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:01


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:10


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:50


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:01


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:12


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:13


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:06


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:15


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:53


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:07


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:43


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:27


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:10


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:04


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:13


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:22


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:26


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:44


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:05


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:50


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:53


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:53


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:30


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:38


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:03


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:23


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:15


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:09


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:33


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:23


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:44