Who's Irish?

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Vintage Contemporaries, Jun 26, 2008 - Fiction - 207 pages
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"Sparkling--a gently satiric look at the American Dream and its fallout on those who pursue it."--The New York Times

With dazzling wit and compassion, Gish Jen--author of the highly acclaimed novels Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land--looks at ambition and compromise at century's end and finds that much of the action is as familiar--and as strange--as the things we know to be most deeply true about ourselves.

The stories in Who's Irish? show us the children of immigrants looking wonderingly at their parents' efforts to assimilate, while the older generation asks how so much selfless hard work on their part can have yielded them offspring who'd sooner drop out of life than succeed at it.

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YA-As in her novels, Jen provides a clear, compelling voice and presents characters who are both realistic and quirky. Multicultural settings, plot lines, and social issues figure into most of these ... Read full review

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I love this book. Gish Jen is hilarious capturing so much of what it means to be a ChineseAmerican. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Gish Jen lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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