Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
A Manifesto in 41 Tales

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An uproarious debut that lays bare the complicated generational relationships of Chinese American women.

Raucous twin sisters Moonie and Mei Ling Wong are known as the “double happiness” Chinese food delivery girls. Each day they load up a “crappy donkey-van” and deliver Americanized (“bad”) Chinese food to homes throughout their southern California neighborhood. United in their desire to blossom into somebodies, the Wong girls fearlessly assert their intellect and sexuality, even as they come of age under the care of their dominating, cleaver-wielding grandmother from Hong Kong. They transform themselves from food delivery girls into accomplished women, but along the way they wrestle with the influence and continuity of their Chinese heritage.

Marilyn Chin’s prose waxes and wanes between satire and metaphorical lyric, referencing classical Chinese tales and ghost stories that are at turns sensual, lurid, hilarious, shocking, and surreal.

About Marilyn Chin

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Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is an award-winning poet and the author of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow and Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. Her writing has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She lives in La Mesa, California.
Published July 20, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Butterfly crap, beetle dung on the bottom of my slippers, dead bag of girl bones, empty gourd, horse fertilizer, ungrateful poop-maggot, bamboo-shoot half wit, ox-naped gigolo, Traitor Hound, Decadent Rightist, Dog Puke, long-spined good-for-nothing, cockroach-eating numbskull, mutton-of-a-loser,...

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Summary: An immigrant coming of age tale of twins, Moonie and Mei Ling, in California under the beady eye (and cleaver) of their domineering grandmother, this tale is told in a non-linear variety of short parables and stories.

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Drawing on ancient philosophical texts, manga, kung fu revenge tales and Chinese folklore, as well as the author’s own immigrant experience, this is a riotous, sometimes abstract, debut.

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