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Family Trust : A Novel.
2018
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<p>NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE FALL BY</p> <p>The Washington Post * Elle.com * Buzzfeed * Entertainment Weekly * Bustle * The Globe and Mail * Apartment Therapy * Town & Country * Harper's Bazaar</p> <p>"Reads like a brilliant mashup of The Nest and Crazy Rich Asians (with a soupçon of Arrested Development for good measure)." -- Cristina Alger, author of The Banker's Wife</p> <p>Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.</p> <p>Meet Stanley's family: son Fred, who feels that he should be making a lot more money; daughter Kate, managing a capricious boss, a distracted husband, and two small children; ex-wife Linda, familiar with and suspicious of Stanley's grandiose ways; and second wife Mary, giver of foot rubs and ego massages.</p> <p>For years, Stanley has insistently claimed that he's worth a small fortune. Now, as the Huangs come to terms with Stanley's approaching death, they are also starting to fear that Stanley's "small fortune" may be more "small" than "fortune." A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life.</p>
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Wang's sardonic first novel dissects the role of class and the quest for money in Silicon Valley from the points of view of five members of the Huang family. Patriarch Stanley, who has hinted that he's worth millions, is dying of pancreatic cancer, and his prospective heirs are genteelly probing to see how much they might profit by his death. Stanley's marginally successful venture capitalist son Fred would like more respect from his peers, while daughter Kate, a middle manager and harried housewife, wants some relief from her constant stress, and Stanley's second wife, Mary, feels that she deserves a reward for years of catering to him. Stanley's first wife, Linda, doesn't expect anything for herself, but she's fierce in her desire that her children get their due. While Wang tosses out more plot threads than she finally reels in, and the connections among the stories of the five characters aren't always as apparent as they might be, she explores Silicon Valley subculture with wit and ultimately reveals a deep understanding of her feckless strivers.--Margaret Quamme Copyright 2018 Booklist
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