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Thief River Falls Public Library YU (Text) 35500006269888 Main Available -
Crookston Public Library YU (Text) 33500013191085 New Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780307907196
  • ISBN: 0307907198
  • Physical Description: 270 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2020]

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"From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play."-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    *Starred Review* The cover designates that this is a novel in both Chinese and English, but Yu's (Sorry Please Thank You, 2012) fiction defies easy labels. This hybrid conflates history, sociology, and ethnography with the timeless evils of racism, sexism, and elitism in a multigenerational epic that's both rollicking entertainment and scathing commentary. Willis Wu is an (Asian) actor, which means he's easily disposable, utterly indistinguishable. Never mind that he's American-by-birth, he's still expected to be fluent in accented English and "do the face of Great Shame on command." He's currently on set at Black and White (which stars a "black dude cop" and "white lady cop"), relegated to playing variations of the generic Asian man. Meanwhile, his parents' careers as mostly old Asian woman and old Asian man remain stuck in a loop of stifling casting. The struggles continue as Willis falls in love, marries, and becomes a father, all the while holding on to that someday dream of finally becoming the Kung Fu guy. Resembling a script, complete with a classic typewriter font, Yu's tale ingeniously draws on real-life Hollywood dead ends for Asian American actors, including, quite possibly, Kelvin Yu, the author's younger brother,. As preposterous as many scenes may seem, their sobering reality will resonate with savvy readers. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

CHARLES YU is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year). He received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.

Subject: Asian Americans > Fiction.
Asian Americans in popular culture > Fiction.
FICTION / Asian American.
FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Fiction.

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