Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen
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In 1968, the Chang family moves to posh Scarshill, New York, where the rhodendrons are as big as the Chang family's old bathroom, and nobody trims the forsythia into little can shapes. This takes some getting used to--especially since there's also a new social landscape, with a hot line, a mystery caller, and a temple youth group full of radical ideas. From the author of Typical American.
 

About Gish Jen

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Gish Jen is the author of two previous novels and a book of stories. Her honors include the Lannan Award for Fiction and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gish Jen's Who's Irish? and Mona in the Promised Land are available in Vintage paperback.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 29, 2012 by Vintage. 303 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grasping just how far, though, is the problem: Mona, feeling increasingly unmoored when her parents move to wealthy Scarshill, New York, believing that she needs to belong to a minority prouder of its identity and traditions, decides to convert to Judaism.

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The daughter of Chinese immigrants grows up in an affluent New York suburb in what PW described as a ""wickedly and hilariously observant"" second novel.

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by claiming the freedom to choose, Mona is violating what Jen presents as one of the basic rules of Chinese parent-child relationships.

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