Troublemaker and Other Saints by Christina Chiu

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Meet the Wongs, Shengs and Tsuis. Each of these families has its own troubles and secrets—and something the other two want. But the three clans—whose members include a matriarch who talks to dead relatives; her nymphomaniac granddaughter; an old man who reads only decades-old newspapers; and a street punk—share a past and face a common future. Told in a sequence of interwoven stories, Troublemaker “refracts classic old-vs.-new-world tensions through the prism of second-generation Chinese-American Gen-Xers.” (Time)
Nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award


About Christina Chiu

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Christina Chiu has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and has received numerous residencies from, among others, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the U Cross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. One of the original founders of the Asian American Writers Workshop, she has received its Van Lier Fellowship. Chiu lives in New York, where she is working on her first novel.
Published March 5, 2001 by Berkley. 298 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Christina Chiu's TROUBLEMAKER AND OTHER SAINTS gives us eleven stories that transcend the Asian background into which they have all been born and concentrates on the difficulties of getting by in this society when you're a little different from somebody else.

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Entertainment Weekly

Troublemaker and Other Saints, Chiu's honest, complex debut, grapples with the marginality of existing between cultures and generations while exploring the lives of three Chinese families.

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