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‘This is one of the finest and most ambitious novels about America I’ve read’ Yiyun Li
‘A wonderful comedy of American consumption’ Guardian
‘Scathing and hilarious’ Vogue
For years, the residents of Lake Haven, Wisconsin ignored the whispers about the Chao family, if only to keep eating at the best restaurant in town. But when tyrannical patriarch Big Chao is found frozen to death in the family’s meat freezer, the community turns its attention to the three Chao sons.
Dagou, presupposed heir to the business. Ming, successful banker, determined to sever ties with Haven’s Asian community. James, naïve college student only just learning of his family’s past.
As their family’s turbulent history spills into the public eye, the brothers must reckon with the legacy of their father’s outsized appetites, and their own future survival.
Further praise for The Family Chao
‘An entertaining portrait of a Chinese-American family, one riven by its own jealousies and secrets’ Independent
‘An insightful comedy of the American immigrant experience, and of a small town’s inner workings’ John Irving
‘A gorgeous and gripping literary mystery . . . A masterpiece’ Jean Kwok
‘A stirring, intimate drama about love, hate, money, and murder in an Asian American family’ Steph Cha
‘[Chang] lives and writes to push the boundaries of her craft and her world . . . Her new novel is a genre bender: a murder story whose prose sings and snickers and soars’ Washington Post
‘Skewer[s] – with tart humour – cultural myths about assimilation and model migrant families’ Daily Mail
‘[Lan Samantha Chang] is a perceptive, witty writer who revels in the mess of this dysfunctional family’ Irish Times
‘[Chang] turns the tired truism about every town having a Chinese restaurant on its head . . . beautifully executed’ Los Angeles Times