"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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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