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World and Town
 
 
Author
Gish Jen.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780307272195
Pages/Publication Date 386/2010
Daedalus Item Code 36316
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This fourth novel from the author of The Love Wife, Mona in the Promised Land, and Typical American explores what used to be the small New England town, and how it has changed under the globalizing influences of cell phones, big-box chain stores, failing family farms, and fundamentalists. Hattie Kong—spirited daughter of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary—has moved to such a town after losing both her husband and her best friend to cancer, and finds an immigrant Cambodian family and her own ex-lover, Carter Hatch.

"What a pleasure to read this smart, warm novel from Gish Jen, [which] manages in its amiable, unhurried way, to consider the challenges of immigration, the limits of scientific rationalism, and the sins of fundamentalism. Yes, it's a heavy load for such a buoyant story to carry, but Jen knows how to create thoughtful characters who can talk and think about complex issues without making us take notes."—Washington Post

"One of Jen's greatest strengths is her fluid point of view, which she employs beautifully here, alternating perspectives.... Nothing is fixed for these unsettled characters, who keep trying to build new lives in a bewildering world, and whose victories, when they come, bring not rapture but a 'defining grace, bittersweet and hard-won'."—NYTBR

 
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