Repeat After Me
A dazzlingly rich and funny novel by "a real China doll" (Entertainment Weekly)
Rachel DeWoskin is a writer who has been lauded for her "razor-sharp descriptions" (The Wall Street Journal), her "considerable cultural and linguistic resources" (The New Yorker), and her rare ability to offer a "real insider's look at life in modern China" (The Economist). Now DeWoskin, author of the laughout-loud funny and poignant Foreign Babes in Beijing, returns with a new novel about modern China and one American girl's struggle to find herself there.
Aysha is a twenty-two-year-old New Yorker putting the pieces of her life back in place after her parents' divorce and her own nervous breakdown when a young Chinese student named Da Ge flips her world upside-down. In a love story that spans decades and continents, from the Tiananmen Square incident to 9/11, New York City's Upper West Side to the terraced mountains of South China, Repeat After Me gives readers an alternately funny and painful glimpse of life and loss in between languages.
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Da Ge was proud that Chinese was both more sensible than English and more
expressive. I like a language somewhere in between, a Chinglish hybrid that
allows for importing the most expressive components of each language into the
Julia Too immediately tore down the notice and tucked it into her Chinglish
notebook. I have helped her be balanced by providing terrible Chinese for the
collection, including Julia Too's most beloved of my gaffes, when I said, Wo ye
I even imagined my dad, leaning against the counter with a cup of coffee in one
hand, mail in the other, laughing. I closed my eyes. "I don't have the jet lag!" Julia
Too shouted gleefully, a rare trace of Chinglish in her English. "Nomi and Jack ...
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REPEAT AFTER MEUser Review - Kirkus
Mutual fragility marks a cross-cultural love story that turns tragic in this debut novel from memoirist DeWoskin (Foreign Babes in Beijing, 2005).The author takes her time exposing the truth about her ... Read full review
Repeat After Me: A NovelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Protagonist Aysha tells her story, flashing back to the events that led her to China. She had been teaching ESL classes in New York City when a Chinese student asked her to marry him so that he could ... Read full review