In Full Bloom by Caroline Hwang

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Ginger Lee has come to New York to be someone-not to be with someone. Yet she's taking too long, according to her mother, who thinks a job is just a paycheck and that the solution to Ginger's problems is a nice professional Korean husband. Ginger could not disagree more, but unable to stand up to her mother, she sets upon a two-pronged plan: She'll sabotage the dates her mother arranges while stepping up her efforts to win a promotion at á la Mode magazine. She is confounded at every turn, however, by men who reject her before she can reject them and by style fiends better practiced in the art of office warfare. Finally free of her prejudices and preconceptions, Ginger finds that only by embracing her mother and her Asian roots will her happiness blossom. In Full Bloom heralds the arrival of a bright talent on today's literary scene.

About Caroline Hwang

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Caroline Hwang is a senior editor at "Good Housekeeping," where she writes fashion and decorating stories. She's also been on staff at "Glamour, Redbook," and "Mademoiselle," She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an MFA from New York University.
Published March 1, 2003 by Dutton Adult. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But when her mother, a “Korean Nancy Reagan,” suddenly catapults in from Milwaukee to find Ginger “a good Korean husband” before her daughter’s “bloom” fades (and when at the same time a slippery masthead coup ignites a flurry of fashionista catfights that threaten Ginger’s job), life takes a tur...

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Ginger Lee, the plucky Korean-American heroine of Hwang's debut novel, didn't realize that her life was broken until her mother showed up at the door of her New York City studio vowing to &

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