The Wangs vs. the World (Hardcover)
"The Wangs Versus the World is a departure from the usual book about rich Asians published lately. The Wangs were rich until the patriarch made some bad decisions and then doubled down. His wife, two daughters and college age son are in denial when the story starts. They quickly learn how bad things really are and almost as quickly begin to rise to the challenge. Reading the story as they go from privilege to penury for all the grimness is made hilarious by the highly readable and amusing prose of Jade Chang. Her background in art gives an interesting dimension to the story. The character of the older daughter has been a successful artist until she, too had a reversal of fortune. Ms. Chang’s description of what went awry and the art world’s reaction is hilarious. Also show me a book where the car has opinions. The pampered pink Mercedes is now schlepping them across country and tells you just how that feels. The family dynamic is universal and becomes relatable. The son tries to please everyone while the youngest daughter, still in high school manages to be furious with everyone. I did not want to put this book down. By the time I finished I was ready for The Return of the Wangs. Jade Chang in her first novel literally took me around the world."--Reviewed by Dora— From Dora Recommends
October 2016 Indie Next List
“Simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and earnest, The Wangs vs. the World is one hell of a ride. Literally. Join the Wang family patriarch, Charles, as he and his family drive across the country from Los Angeles to New York in shame after his cosmetic company is destroyed by a doomed business investment. Homeless, penniless, yet still fiercely proud, Charles sets out to reunite his children and reclaim the ancestral land of the Wangs from the Chinese Communists. A hilarious, moving, and rollicking tale of family, ancestry, and a worn-out Mercedes station wagon, The Wangs vs. the World is not to be missed!”
— Michelle Chen (W), WORD, Brooklyn, NY
The Wangs vs. the World is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that "loses it all, then takes a healing, uproarious road trip across the United States" (Entertainment Weekly). Their spectacular fall from riches to rags brings the Wangs together in a way money never could. It's an epic family saga and an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America.