haunting portrait of struggles of an immigrant in america; great writing. I loved it.
I love reading books about people from other cultures; this one fits that need! It's interesting to see how the characters interact, make choices, and behave so differently that I ever would.
I recommend this book. I did not find it "hilarious", as some editorial reviews described it, but found it poignant and wholly believable, with a sense of humor which is gentle and ironic. The immigrant family is made up of earnest and imperfect people, who want to achieve the American Dream while holding onto cherished Chinese values. Their efforts both bring rewards and also plunge them into difficulties. I enjoyed reading descriptions of how "typical Americans" appear to Chinese immigrants. What people (immigrants and non-immigrants) do to "get ahead" gets an examination which is not heavy-handed. The individual strengths and flaws of each character play strongly, so the "immigrant experience" is not cookie-cutter here. The plot kept me turning pages, and was not predictable. Typical American is not a great book, but definitely worth the read.
Different cover. Great book.
This is an ex-library book in very good condition.