Mambo in Chinatown: A Novel

Mambo in Chinatown: A Novel

Jean Kwok


From the bestselling writer of Girl in Translation, an inspiring novel a couple of younger lady torn among her kinfolk tasks in Chinatown and her break out right into a extra Western world.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. even though an ABC (American-born Chinese), Charlie’s complete lifestyles has been restricted to this small sector. Now grown, she lives within the similar tiny condominium along with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher.

But whilst she lands a role as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie earnings entry to a global she not often knew existed, and every thing she as soon as took to make sure turns the other way up. progressively, on the dance studio, awkward Charlie’s traditional skills start to emerge. With them, her point of view, expectancies, and experience of self are transformed—something she needs to take nice pains to conceal from her father and his suspicion of all issues Western. As Charlie blossoms, although, her sister turns into chronically in poor health. As Pa insists on treating his sick baby solely with japanese practices to no avail, Charlie is compelled to attempt to reconcile her selves and her worlds—Eastern and Western, outdated international and new—to rescue her little sister with no sacrificing her newfound self assurance and id.

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