Who's Irish?: Stories

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Gish Jen
A.A. Knopf, 1999 - Fiction - 207 pages
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In eight wonderfully alive stories, the acclaimed author of Mona in the Promised Land and Typical American chronicles Chinese and other Americans as they exuberantly win, lose, love, hate, overachieve, underachieve, and generally take on America--with sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking results.

Life now is not what it was a generation ago, but is it any easier? A Chinese-American woman attempts to discipline her Chinese-Irish-American grandchild, only to come up against her daughter's state-of-the-art parenting. A grown man flees to China to escape his disapproving mother, "who called every day, lest he forget she was not speaking to him." A computer expert accidentally books himself into a welfare hotel. A bohemian art student turned young mother finds herself entrenched in PTA meetings and soccer games when her WASP husband opts out and takes off for the woods. A family takes its first comically disastrous steps toward joining a country club. The stories in Who's Irish? prove once again that Gish Jen is an essential writer for our time--a writer who moves and entertains us as she updates the American Dream.

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Well-written stories with a wry sense of humor. But if I never read another story about a young woman tumbling for her much older professor, and how that relationship surprisingly doesn't work out very well, that will be okay. (It's still a good story.) Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Malone - Goodreads

Dazzling. Eight short stories focused essentially on the Chinese experience in America, with one on the (Chinese-) American experience in China. (The title, stemming from a Chinese woman's view of the ... Read full review



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Gish Jen grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and graduated from Harvard. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. The author of two novels, Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

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