Mona in the promised land

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Vintage, 1997 - Fiction - 303 pages
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In this ebullient and inventive novel, Gish Jen restores multiculturalism from high concept to a fact of life. At least that's what it becomes for teenaged Mona Chang, who in 1968 moves with her newly prosperous family to Scarshill, New York, where the Chinese have become "the new Jews." What could be more natural than for Mona to take this literally--even to the point of converting? As Mona attends temple "rap" sessions and falls in love (with a nice Jewish boy who lives in a tepee), Jen introduces us to one of the most charming and sweet-spirited heroines in recent fiction, a girl who can wisecrack with perfect aplomb even when she's organizing the help in her father's pancake house. On every page of Mona in the Promised Land, Gish Jen sets our received notions spinning with a wit as dry as a latter-day Jane Austen's.



"A shining example of a multicultural message delivered with the wit and bite of art...Gish Jen creates a particular world where dim sum is as American as apple pie."--Los Angeles Times

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Review: Mona in the Promised Land

User Review  - Hubert - Goodreads

Coming of age story of a young Chinese-American girl, Mona, who converts to Judaism, discovers some tender lessons about love and adolescence with friends, and encounters some confrontational episodes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Ariew - Goodreads

I loved Mona's character, her complicated relationship with her Chinese mother, and her entanglements with her Jewish friends, boyfriends, the Black community, and the Jewish religion. Mona's story nicely captures the conflicts between first generation immigrants and their American offspring. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Gish Jen is the author of the novels "Typical American," "Mona in the Promised Land," "The Love Wife "and "Who's Irish," a book of stories. Her honors include the Lannan Award for Fiction and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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