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Author: Charles Yu Narrator: Joel de la Fuente Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593148716

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Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He’s merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected old that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least that’s what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.

 

Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet.

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  • “I’m a big fan of Charles Yu’s writing because of his wit and inventiveness. These talents are front and center in the brilliant and hilarious Interior Chinatown, which satirizes the racist imagination and brings us deep into the humanity of those who suffer from—and struggle against—dehumanization.”

    - Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • “Interior Chinatown is wrenching, hilarious, sharp, surreal, and above all, original. This is an extraordinary book by an immensely talented writer.”

    - Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Glass Hotel
  • “Conflates history, sociology, and ethnography with the timeless evils of racism, sexism, and elitism in a multi-generational epic that’s both rollicking entertainment and scathing commentary…Ingeniously draws on real-life Hollywood…[The book’s] sobering reality will resonate with savvy readers.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Brilliantly unexpected and inventive, Interior Chinatown upended all the things I was sure I knew about the insidious power of stereotypes and left me feeling a little more hopeful for our collective future. Charles Yu’s writing is transformative.”

    - Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World
  • “Inspired…[An] inventive drama about an Asian actor who dreams of becoming a star…In spare but moving prose, [Yu] describes life among Asian Americans living as so-called foreigners [and] examines the history of bigotry against immigrants in the West for centuries…An acid indictment of Asian stereotypes and a parable for outcasts feeling invisible in this fast-moving world.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown is a biting commentary on racism and pop culture in America, told in a form so original it will have readers questioning both the characters’ reality and their own. But at its heart, it’s also a moving family story of a man learning to be a son, brother, father, and partner in a world that treats him as barely human.”

    - Anna North, author of The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
  • “Most books are lucky to be either clever or deep, but Charles Yu’s new novel is both, and makes it look easy. Interior Chinatown is essential reading for anyone who’s obsessed with pop culture, identity, and all the ways that we’re all playing roles, all the time.”

    - Charlie Jane Anders, author of The City in the Middle of the Night
  • “Interior Chinatown is a fascinating novel, hilarious and melancholy, a clever depiction of Hollywood dreaming [about] itself and a sharp critique of the nature of those dreams. If it’s said that one of the reasons we watch films and television is out of a wish to ‘see ourselves,’ Yu adeptly raises the question of whether what we’re shown in response to that wish can ever be what we truly are.”

    - Dexter Palmer, author of Mary Toft

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About the Author

Charles Yu is the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award for his story collection Third Class Superhero and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His work has been published in the New York Times, Playboy, and Slate, among other periodicals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.