The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Audiobook, by Wai Chim Play Audiobook Sample

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Audiobook

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Audiobook, by Wai Chim Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Christina Ho Publisher: Scholastic Audio Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781338691825

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Longest Chapter Length:

32:56 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:46 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

13:48 minutes

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Publisher Description

An authentic novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a debilitating mental illness.

Anna Chiu has her hands full. When she's not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father's restaurant, she's taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could be a normal teen.But when her mother finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as her mother's condition worsens, Anna and he rfamily question everything they understand about themselves and each other.The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is a heart-wrenching, true-to-life exploration through the often neglected crevices of culture, mental illness, and family. Its strong themes are balanced by a beautiful romance making it a feel-good, yet important listen.

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“Ho expertly narrates a large cast of quirky, authentic characters, creating a well-rounded listening experience. She gives listeners a strong sense of Anna’s strained relationship with her mother and her feelings for Rory, who is also affected by depression. Listeners will find the bittersweet story and Ho’s charismatic narration nothing short of delectable. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “The novel provides an insightful look at the powerful role food plays in our emotional lives”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Gritty details lend depth to this viscerally powerful tale of a teen struggling to help her troubled family.”

    — Kirkus Review (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Wai Chim

Wai Chim is a first-generation Chinese-American from New York City. Growing up speaking Cantonese around the house, she absorbed as much Western culture as she could through books, TV, and school. She spent some time living in Japan before making Sydney, Australia, her permanent home. In addition to her writing, she works as a digital producer and web developer. Learn more about her at