Oriental Girls Desire Romance

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Kaya Production, 1997 - Fiction - 345 pages
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New York of the eighties: a time and a place where money is the most powerful intoxicant and glamour demands the embrace of excess. While fortunes are made in Soho galleries and on Wall Street, an underclass of transients - drag queens and dandies, strippers and artists - circulate through the streets, serving as the city's background color, cheap labor, and sleazy entertainment. The unnamed narrator of Oriental Girls Desire Romance, a young Chinese American woman, is a sharp and eloquent wit who skirts the edges of privilege and privation in this, New York's own floating world. A refugee from the neuroses of an Ivy League education and feudal obligations to an immigrant family, she is a theory junkie strung out on sexual and intellectual highs. Learning from the defiant grace of her snap queen friends, she navigates the demimonde with a wit that is at once perceptive, hilarious, and refreshingly unhinged.

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Told through scattered episodes, this meandering first novel by Liu (French, Univ. of Minnesota) is as directionless and open-ended as the life of its Chinese-born, twentysomething narrator, The ... Read full review

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Intense introspection isn't for everyone but if it's a personal habit, you'll be on familiar ground. Read full review



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Liu is assistant professor in the Department of cultural studies and comparative literature and in the department of french and italian at the University of Minnesota.

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