Chinese Groove
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The Chinese Groove

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Eighteen-year-old Shelley, born into a much-despised branch of the Zheng family in Yunnan Province, heads to San Francisco to claim his destiny, confident that any hurdles will be easily overcome. Shelley is dismayed to find that his “rich uncle” is his unemployed second cousin and that the guest room he’d envisioned is but a scratchy sofa. Even worse, the loving family he hoped would embrace him is in shambles, shattered by a senseless tragedy that has cleaved the family in two. Ever the optimist, Shelley concocts a plan to resuscitate his American dream by insinuating himself into the family.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Kathryn
Ma

KATHRYN MA is the author of the widely praised novel “The Year She Left Us” which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an NPR “Great Read” of the year. Her short story collection, “All That Work and Still No Boys” won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Discoveries Book. She is also a recipient of the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has twice been named a San Francisco Public Library Laureate.

KATHRYN MA is the author of the widely praised novel “The Year She Left Us” which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an NPR “Great Read” of the year. Her short story collection, “All That Work and Still No Boys” won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Discoveries Book. She is also a recipient of the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has twice been named a San Francisco Public Library Laureate.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Ma finds the perfect intersection of coming-of-age, immigrant and family dysfunction stories to describe the travails of a young man from China who is hoping to find the promised land in America. It’s at turns dismaying, funny and hopeful.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
24/01/2023
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Counterpoint Press

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