Who's Irish? by Gish Jen
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In eight wonderfully alive stories, the acclaimed author of Mona in the Promised Land and Typical American chronicles Chinese and other Americans as they exuberantly win, lose, love, hate, overachieve, underachieve, and generally take on America--with sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking results.

Life now is not what it was a generation ago, but is it any easier? A Chinese-American woman attempts to discipline her Chinese-Irish-American grandchild, only to come up against her daughter's state-of-the-art parenting. A grown man flees to China to escape his disapproving mother, "who called every day, lest he forget she was not speaking to him." A computer expert accidentally books himself into a welfare hotel. A bohemian art student turned young mother finds herself entrenched in PTA meetings and soccer games when her WASP husband opts out and takes off for the woods. A family takes its first comically disastrous steps toward joining a country club. The stories in Who's Irish? prove once again that Gish Jen is an essential writer for our time--a writer who moves and entertains us as she updates the American Dream.
 

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. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Chinese-American author (Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land) is a known quantity by now, though her sometimes uproarious but just as often compassionate tales of culture clash always mana

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The Chinese-American author (Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land) is a known quantity by now, though her sometimes uproarious but just as often compassionate tales of culture clash always mana

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A morally ambiguous choice the protagonist must make secures the story a conventional happy ending, further illustrating Jen's mastery of the short-story form: Her tales build to moments of revelation that, even in their happy endings, find no decisive foundation.

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Its provocatively misleading title notwithstanding, Who's Irish?, a story collection by the author of Mona in the Promised Land, chronicles the Chinese-American experience with tart realism and sometimes guffaw-inducing humor.

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London Review of Books

Ever since her first novel Typical American appeared in 1991, the Chinese American writer Gish Jen has been acclaimed as the new Amy Tan.

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