Interior Chinatown

A Novel

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

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


Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist 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 always he is 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. Or is it?

After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family. Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
January 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
4.1
MB

Customer Reviews

theblackbanshee ,

Wow.

The prose kept me hooked.
An incredibly innovative approach to analyzing culture and media.

AB03785 ,

Creative, hilarious at times but also sad and poignant

Unlike any other book I’ve ever read. The screenplay format was witty and insightful, thoroughly enjoyable with important things to say about immigration, accepted ‘norms’, and being other/an outsider

Mardi 55 ,

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Such a wonderfully political and well-written novel. A must read, a treasure.

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