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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gish Jen Narrator: Linda Stephens, Ken Leung, Nancy Wu Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN:
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Critically acclaimed author Gish Jen is a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee and the person John Updike proclaimed as the young novelist most likely to become his successor. In The Love Wife, Jen poignantly explores the explosive dynamics of a mixed-race modern family.

Chinese-American Carnegie Wong and his Waspy wife Blondie have two adopted children of Asian descent, Lilly and Wendy. The girls are a handful, but they are nothing compared to Carnegie's mother. Mama Wong's dislike for Blondie is relentless, so much so that she introduces a Chinese woman named Lan to the household. When Lilly and Wendy begin to favor Lan over their white mother, Blondie clings ever more tightly to her biological son, Bailey.

A powerful novel peppered with humor, The Love Wife is absolutely riveting from the first word to the last. The vocal talents of a highly-skilled, award-winning group of narrators make for an exquisite audio production.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/21/2014

    " This was an interesting story- Jen remains emotionally engaged with her characters throughout the narrative. The entire story is told in first-person account, interview style, and yet the sensation and imagery do not get lost. I had a lot of fun with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/26/2013

    " Like the best novels this one transported me into another world...this one the life of a cross cultural family. It made me think about race and parenting in ways I had not before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/13/2013

    " An interesting novel about a family composed of a white woman, her asian husband, their two adopted asian children and their biological baby, and what happens to their lives when a relative from China comes to live with them. It was ultimately a good book, but was very slow going for me. also took a while to get used to the multiple narrators not just in each chapter, but often on each page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie M. | 12/10/2013

    " Gish Jen: another HOW HAVE I NEVER READ HER BEFORE NOW? author. And where, please, can I find other excellently-written poignant, painful, funny, and incredibly readable novels that address immigration, transracial marriage, transracial/transnational adoption issues, and first/second generation American dynamics? The constantly shifting points of view can be occasionally tricky to wrap your head around, especially when the narrators change 5 times on a single page, but ultimately the conversational flow of the narration is really skillfully done, and allows the reader to really jump inside everyone's head and get to know all the characters intimately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 12/2/2013

    " What is good about this book is that it undercuts the cliche of the always wise Chinese eespecially elders. The old mother is a nightmare, controlling her son from beyond the grave. The immigrant relative, Lanlan, plays a game of seducing the daughters of the family with 'Chinese wisdom' while seducing the husband in another way. The multiple narrators work well in the audio version, maybe not so well in print. The narration is heavy with the preteen, 11 year old Wendy, and the reader must suspend disbelief at the narrator's maturity and powers of observation, but it works ok. All in all, a kind of rollicking, free wheeling narrative of contemporary family life with detail that incorporates the immigrant experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/26/2013

    " I found this an interesting story about a family -- couple in their late 40s, with teenage adopted daughters & a biological baby. As part of his mother's will, a distant relative from China comes to live with the family for a few years. I found the method of story telling -- much like a conversation or an interview about the past with people interrupting to add facts less compelling. It was an ok book, but not very compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 11/12/2013

    " Terrible ending...it just kind of ends with little resolution. The whole book just made me sad for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karol M | 11/12/2013

    " I'm on page 170 or something. It look several pages to get into the story--the narrative style was a bit distracting--but now I'm totally used to it and wondering "what's next?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/1/2013

    " interesting portrait of a family. best if you have other people to discuss it with. kind of depressing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaine | 8/30/2013

    " fun novel about a modern blended family, I like her novels, and find them funny, this one got a little off track "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 8/22/2013

    " loved it; witty and possible true, great read :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dereka | 7/10/2013

    " Couldn't take all the switching around from narrator to narrator. Didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 5/10/2013

    " An interesting look at a diverse family "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Lin | 4/20/2013

    " Portrays the difficulties that an interracial couple encounter when the husband's mother comes to live with the couple (from China) and is extremely overbearing. An interesting commentary on marriage and on interracial relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saylaveev | 1/3/2013

    " Read over a vacation. Not bad, easy enough to read without having to focus too hard. I liked how the book was written in regards to how the characters are speaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 6/1/2012

    " This isn't a fantastic book, but it was a good read for my airplane ride. It has an unusual style which I am sometimes annoyed by, but the way this is written works quite well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Blackman | 11/26/2011

    " Chinese American man marries "Blondie" adopts two Chinese girls, has one bio son. Complicated multi-generational, multi-ethnic story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 8/11/2011

    " This one was not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 3/8/2011

    " Like Jen's other novels, The Love Wife concerns lives of Chinese immigrants. However, it also addressed adoption and what it is like living with someone with Alzheimer's. While the novel got a bit rushed in the middle and end, I loved the beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/22/2010

    " The further I got into it, the less appealing all the characters became. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronnica | 8/18/2010

    " I loved how this book is told from every family member's perspective, as if you sat down with them over a long dinner and they were telling you their story. I think Jen paints the ugliness of bigotry well, showing us it comes in many forms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saylaveev | 7/10/2010

    " Read over a vacation. Not bad, easy enough to read without having to focus too hard. I liked how the book was written in regards to how the characters are speaking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 3/22/2010

    " This book is disturbing. It pushes deep buttons. There was something about it I didn't like - although I wouldn't stop anyone from reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/5/2010

    " I liked how the book explores the struggle between one's cultural and national identity, espicially for the Chinese-American family. I also liked the study of a modern family with both biological and adopted children. However, the ending is weak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 10/9/2009

    " . . . so that's why my mother-in-law is the way she is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/26/2009

    " This was an interesting story- Jen remains emotionally engaged with her characters throughout the narrative. The entire story is told in first-person account, interview style, and yet the sensation and imagery do not get lost. I had a lot of fun with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/10/2009

    " an enjoyable read, but the pacing and the drama at the end didn't really suit me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dereka | 6/24/2009

    " Couldn't take all the switching around from narrator to narrator. Didn't finish it. "

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