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The Love Wife

Jen Gish

From the massively talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a "half half" family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegie's Chinese heritage, his wife Blondie's WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of their adopted and biological children. Into this new American family comes a volatile new member.Her name is Lanlan. She is Carnegie's Mainland Chinese relative, a tough, surprisingly lovely survivor of the Cultural Revolution, who comes courtesy of Carnegie's mother's will. Is Lanlan a very good nanny, a heartless climber, or a posthumous gift from a formidable mother who never stopped wanting her son to marry a nice Chinese girl? Rich in insight, buoyed by humor, The Love Wife is a hugely satisfying work

From the massively talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a "half half" family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegie's Chinese heritage, his wife Blondie's WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of their adopted and biological children. Into this new American family comes a volatile new member.Her name is Lanlan. She is Carnegie's Mainland Chinese relative, a tough, surprisingly lovely survivor of the Cultural Revolution, who comes courtesy of Carnegie's mother's will. Is Lanlan a very good nanny, a heartless climber, or a posthumous gift from a formidable mother who never stopped wanting her son to marry a nice Chinese girl? Rich in insight, buoyed by humor, The Love Wife is a hugely satisfying work
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the massively talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a "half half" family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegie's Chinese heritage, his wife Blondie's WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of their adopted and biological children. Into this new American family comes a volatile new member.Her name is Lanlan. She is Carnegie's Mainland Chinese relative, a tough, surprisingly lovely survivor of the Cultural Revolution, who comes courtesy of Carnegie's mother's will. Is Lanlan a very good nanny, a heartless climber, or a posthumous gift from a formidable mother who never stopped wanting her son to marry a nice Chinese girl? Rich in insight, buoyed by humor, The Love Wife is a hugely satisfying work

Language:

English

Narrators:

Linda Stephens, Ken Leung, Jennifer Ikeda, Nancy Wu, Olivia Oguma

Length:

15h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:31


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

54:48


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

37:18


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

40:05


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

01:18:49


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

44:12


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

01:16:11


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

38:10


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

01:08:37


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

47:24


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

01:39:19


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

24:54


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

31:30


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

58:08


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

01:25:27


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

28:32


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

55:52


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

01:08:48


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

03:12