Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man

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HarperCollins, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography
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Every now and then there comes along a literary voice so strong, so originally sincere, and so uniquely distinct that the words on the page seem to sing and to scream and to dance -- all at once and all on their own. Such is the wonderful writing debut of acclaimed actor B.D. Wong.

With a remarkable mixture of upbeat optimism, unexpected hilarity, and heart-wrenching sadness, Wong takes the reader deep inside both his psyche and the neonatal intensive care unit where he spent the better part of three months following the harrowing medical twists and turns that took place after the premature birth of his twins."Once upon a time," as Wong explains in his true story, Following Foo: (the electronic adventures of the Chestnut Man), "my partner and I found ourselves expecting, with the help of a surrogate mother, modern medical science, and lots of good luck and prayers. To add to our blessing, she was carrying twins! Things were pretty swell ... until the twins arrived almost three months early. For those of you who don't know, babies that come almost three months early are pretty little, and boy are they scary-looking. Especially when you're their dad ... "

Originally based on a series of real-time E-mails sent to keep his friends and family abreast of the daily madness and miracles of "early" parenthood, this book is a gem, a joy, and an inspiration to anyone who has ever taken a ride on the roller coaster of life and tried to keep both sense of humor and sanity intact.

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FOLLOWING FOO: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man

User Review  - Kirkus

Unabashedly emotional, at times cloyingly cute memoir of how Chinese-American actor Wong and his partner became parents.Composed mostly of e-mail the author sent and received, the narrative also ... Read full review

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Story and emails follow the pre-term birth of author and his partner's baby in California. Egg donated by sister-in-law and carried by surrogate in California as B.D. and Richie lived in New York ... Read full review

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