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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author

Gish Jen is the author of three previous novels and a collection of stories. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and a Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.