Typical American

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Plume, 1992 - Fiction - 296 pages
44 Reviews
"Yefing Chang becomes Ralph Chang in America and begins a hard struggle to achieve the American dream-- a career, a family and a home of his own. In poverty, he succeeds finally to win a doctoral degree, a college position, a happy marriage to Helen, two delightful daughter, and a close reunion with his older sister, Theresa. The dream becomes a nightmare when he meets Grover Ding whose corrupt influence over Ralph and Helen begins to unravel all that the Changs have managed to achieve. This is an honest novel that does not promise happy endings and recognizes the human weaknesses that can destroy a family's stability." Shapiro. Fic for Youth. 3d ed. Followed by 'Mona in the Promised Land.'

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the writing was simple, easy to read. - Goodreads
As well, the writing is kind of weird. - Goodreads
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Ending seemed completely random and unresolved. - LibraryThing
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This was an easy read, however, it felt like I was being told a story rather than feel a story. I really didn't connect with any of the characters. I disagreed with their view of a "typical American ... Read full review

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User Review  - Namrata - Goodreads

Its the story of a Chinese boy who comes to study in America and finally settles there. The illustration is funny and interesting. The culture clash is nicely portrayed. However, towards the end, the story slowly loses its charm. A good read overall. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
22
Section 3
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About the author (1992)

Gish Jen is a writer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of four novels, including Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land. Her most recent novel is World and Town.

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