Who's Irish? : Stories (Paperback)

Author: Jen, Gish

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In this collection of stories from the author of "Typical American" and "Mona in the Promised Land", children of immigrants look wonderingly at their parents' efforts to assimilate, while the older generation questions why their offspring would sooner drop out of life than succeed at it.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375705922
SKU 30589804
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375705929
Release Date 6/1/2000
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Gish Jen
Gish Jen grew up in Scarsdale, New York, the daughter of Chinese immigrant parents. She is a graduate of Harvard University. After a period of indecision, during which she worked in publishing, spent time in China, and briefly attended Stanford Business School, Jen received an MFS from the University of Iowa. In 1983, she married David O'Connor, a software engineer.
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"Like her characters, Ms. Jen has a keen eye for the incongruities of contemporary life, and in this beautifully articulated new collection of stories, she gives us a gently satiric look at the American Dream and its fallout on those who pursue it."
"Jen's gift is for comedy that resonates, and sadnesses that arise with perfect timing from absurdities. Her subject matter is so appealing, it almost obscures the power and suppleness of her language."
"...Jen's spry comedy comes from being able to look at Chinese and American cultures with both an outsider's and an insider's eye....Jen's fictions are reliably intelligent, funny, lively and true; they are not, however, always well shaped, and she does not seem altogether comfortable with the short-story form."
"Jen's plots are so brazenly unlikely that occasionally one can't help wondering whether she isn't sending up the ideal of racial harmony, which seems to be the underlying theme--message, even--in all of them. But no one who wasn't sincere could have concocted the embarrassing last paragraphs of 'House, House, Home'."
From the Publisher
Annotation A collection of stories about Chinese-Americans, including ''House, House, Home,'' a novella-length story about the marriage of a Chinese woman and a Scandinavian man and its perhaps inevitable breakup. A New York Times Notable Book in 1999.
Editors Note A first anthology of short stories by the author of Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land captures the lives and fortunes of Chinese Americans as they make their way through American society.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0224
Publisher Vintage Books

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