Typical American

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Plume, 1992 - Fiction - 296 pages
83 Reviews
"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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the writing was simple, easy to read. - Goodreads
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Ending seemed completely random and unresolved. - LibraryThing
The writing is clever, and the characters are vivid. - Goodreads
The plot meanders a bit, though. - Goodreads

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Great beach read! As a matter of fact, that's where I found it - someone had left it behind in the dresser drawer of our vacation condo. It was funny and tragic and often hard to follow but I couldn't put it down. Good book! Read full review

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Gave up on this book. I just couldn't get through it. I love stories about immigrants so it was disappointing.... Read full review


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About the author (1992)

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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