A Long Stay in a Distant Land by Chieh Chieng

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The Lums are cursed. Their early deaths come randomly, strangely, and often, be it by tainted cheeseburger or speeding ice cream truck. The most recent victim is Louis Lum's mother. Now Louis must move back home with his gangsta rap-obsessed father, Sonny, to prevent him from enacting the revenge he promises. But soon Louis's concern shifts to his uncle Bo Lum, who has disappeared in Hong Kong. As Louis's search progresses, the tragicomic story of three generations of Lums in America is revealed. Chieh Chieng graduated from the creative writing program at the University of California, Irvine, and has been published in Glimmer Train, the Threepenny Review, and the Santa Monica Review. * Chosen for Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program * "This is a dazzling debut: poignant, prickly, and deliciously absurd."-Booklist "[Chieng is] a fresh comic voice...a touching and auspicious debut."-Orange Country Register
 

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Chieh Chieng was born in Hong Kong and moved to Orange County, California, at the age of seven. He graduated from the creative writing program at the University of California, Irvine, and has been published in Glimmer Train, The Threepenny Review, and the Santa Monica Review. He is twenty-nine years old.
 
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Tongue-in-cheek, Chieng starts with a family tree, dated 2002, of the Lums, a Chinese-American clan in California.

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it dips in and out of the Lum family over the course of half a century, treating readers to delectable nibbles of zany family lore and conjectural genealogies stretching back centuries.

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Narrator Yaegashi tackles with relish the male voices in this multigenerational comic novel about a luckless Chinese-American family's adventures in the New World, adopting vocal personae both gruff and high-pitched, adult and adolescent, silly and sincere.

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