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Publisher Description

2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

"One of the funniest books of the year ... a delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." —The Washington Post


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

Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He’s merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least that’s what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.
 
Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet.

"Fresh and beautiful ... Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition.” —The New York Times Book Review

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
JDLF
Joel De La Fuente
LENGTH
04:20
hr min
RELEASED
2020
January 28
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
209.6
MB

Customer Reviews

En_Hen ,

Excellent

This book is amazing but...is the narrator doing a Chinese accent? Isn’t that the exact problem this book combats??

Not-generic asian man. ,

Wow

As a Chinese American. This book struck something deep inside me. I can’t describe that feeling, but just.. wow.

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