Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen: A Manifesto in 41 Tales

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Penguin Adult, Mar 25, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
2 Reviews

'A nicely mischievous cacophony . . . by turns brutal, arch, sensuous and bawdy'

'Oh Lord! Here come the Double Happiness Twins . . .'

The Double Happiness Twins are Moonie and Mei Ling. The Double Happiness is the Chinese restaurant in California where they help out their meat-cleaver-wielding grandmother - when they're not causing uproar and mayhem. And Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen is the story of the sisters, their Grandma, a lot of animals and the topsy-turvy, surreal experience of being a pair of strangers in a very, very strange land indeed.

'Nothing if not inventive . . . a riotous debut. Chin has a keen eye for the duality immigrants can experience, portraying it with humour as well as pathos'

'Chin expertly alternates between straight-forward, riot-grrrl-style narrative and gorgeously surreal allegory'
San Diego Union Tribune

'Chin hurtles us through the adventures of rebellious sisters growing up in their grandmother's Chinese restaurant. As she alternates scenes that are now lyrical, now gonzo, she slyly evokes an invisible immigrant world, the surreal nature of modern America and, in the novel's most haunting descriptions, the vanished yet enduring lands of birthplace and memory'
Boston Globe

'Wildly profane and funny . . . fresh, chaotic and sexy'

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User Review  - ChrisWeir - LibraryThing

An interesting mix of several tales of twin Asian girls growing up in California in the 1980s. It had a mix of "parables" and almost erotic stories. The two girls live with their aging grandmother and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Saturday's Child - Goodreads

That will teach me for choosing a novel because of the cover and title. This one was awful. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including four Pushcart Prizes. Her books of poetry include Dwarf Bamboo, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow and The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty.

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