Beauty Plus Pity by Kevin Chong

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I find this funny, but I also realize that much of the humour springs from characters that spend way too much time watching television and videos.
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"Beauty plus pity—that is the closest we can get to a definition of art."
—Vladimir Nabokov

In this tragicomic, modern immigrant's tale, Malcolm Kwan is a twentysomething Asian American embarking on a modeling career whose life is derailed when his father dies and his fiancée leaves him. When he meets the half-sister he never knew existed—the result of his father's extramarital affair—he must work through his lifelong ambivalence as one trapped between two cultures and between two parents holding intolerable secrets.

Kevin Chong is the author of the novel Baroque-a-Nova (Plume) and the memoir Neil Young Nation (Greystone Books).
 

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Kevin Chong studied at the University of British Columbia and Columbia University, where he received an MFA in writing. He is the author of Neil Young Nation and two novels. Chong lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Arsenal Pulp Press. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Sep 23 2011

I find this funny, but I also realize that much of the humour springs from characters that spend way too much time watching television and videos.

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