Chemistry by Weike Wang
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It is, ultimately, an elegant story of disorder, of experiments gone awry, of ultimately starting over.
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Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award 

A Washington Post Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Ann Patchett on PBS NewsHour, Minnesota Public Radio, PopSugar, Maris Kreizman, The Morning News

Winner of Ploughshares’ John C. Zacharis Award

Winner of a Whiting Award

A Belletrist Amuse Book

At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of Weike Wang’s debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: she is studying for a prestigious PhD in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied), and her successful, supportive boyfriend has just proposed to her. But instead of feeling hopeful, she is wracked with ambivalence: the long, demanding hours at the lab have created an exquisite pressure cooker, and she doesn’t know how to answer the marriage question. When it all becomes too much and her life plan veers off course, she finds herself on a new path of discoveries about everything she thought she knew. Smart, moving, and always funny, this unique coming-of-age story is certain to evoke a winning reaction.
 

About Weike Wang

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WEIKE WANG is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her doctorate in public health. She received her MFA from Boston University. Her fiction has been published in or is forthcoming from Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The Journal, Ploughshares, Redivider, and SmokeLong Quarterly.
Author Residence: New York, NY
 
Published May 23, 2017 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Feb 06 2017

It is her voice—distinctive and appealing—that makes this novel at once moving and amusing, never predictable. Wry, unique, touching tale of the limits of parental and partnership pressure.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by ANJALI ENJETI on Apr 26 2018

It is, ultimately, an elegant story of disorder, of experiments gone awry, of ultimately starting over.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Rowan hisayo buchanan on Jun 02 2017

“Chemistry” will appeal to anyone asking themselves, How do I create the sort of family I want without rejecting the family I have?

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