Typical American

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Plume, 1992 - Fiction - 296 pages
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"Yefing Chang becomes Ralph Chang in America and begins a hard struggle to achieve the American dream-- a career, a family and a home of his own. In poverty, he succeeds finally to win a doctoral degree, a college position, a happy marriage to Helen, two delightful daughter, and a close reunion with his older sister, Theresa. The dream becomes a nightmare when he meets Grover Ding whose corrupt influence over Ralph and Helen begins to unravel all that the Changs have managed to achieve. This is an honest novel that does not promise happy endings and recognizes the human weaknesses that can destroy a family's stability." Shapiro. Fic for Youth. 3d ed. Followed by 'Mona in the Promised Land.'

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User Review  - megantron - LibraryThing

Pretty well-written. In terms of immigrant literature, it's definitely better than say, Amy Tan. I'd give the first half of the story (up until Ralph changes careers) 4 stars and the second half three ... Read full review

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User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

This is a moving and epic novel of the immigrant experience. Chang Yi-feng comes from China just after WW2, and is anchored in this country by his profession and his family, by a new name, and by a ... Read full review


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Gish Jen is a writer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of four novels, including Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land. Her most recent novel is World and Town.

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