American Knees by Shawn Wong

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The author of Homebase returns with a funny, sexy love story about an Asian-American couple determined to overcome the obstacles of family, race, and sex as they struggle to live happily ever after. 25,000 first printing. Tour.

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Wong is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Washington, and Director of the University's Honors Programme.
Published August 1, 1995 by Simon & Schuster. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Caught between an ``American'' itch to strike out on his own and an equally strong desire to play the role of dutiful Chinese son (though his mother is dead and his engineer father, far from monitoring Raymond's behavior, dreams only of sending off for a brand-new mail-order bride), Raymond natur...

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Though Wong paints a careful portrait of his characters in their romantic plight, his novel is very short on narrative drive and, sadly, long on an anticlimactic series of conversational go-rounds that take place during one of the couple's breakups.

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