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The Wangs vs. the World

Jade Chang

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent-and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he's just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family's ancestral lands-and his pride. Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China. Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America-and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent-and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he's just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family's ancestral lands-and his pride. Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China. Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America-and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent-and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he's just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family's ancestral lands-and his pride. Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China. Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America-and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nancy Wu

Length:

14h 2m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

30:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

57:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

31:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

24:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

26:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

44:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

16:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

37:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

16:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

22:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

39:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

25:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

00:28