The Wangs vs. the World

The Wangs vs. the World

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Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.

Title:The Wangs vs. the World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0544734092
Format Type:
Number of Pages:355 pages

    The Wangs vs. the World Reviews

  • Emily May

    Hilarious? Well I obviously didn't get it.The Wangs vs. the World has been getting a lot of buzz lately, riding in on the recent wave of financial crisis lit. It's about a wealthy immigrant Chinese fa...

  • Larry H

    Before I start my review of Jade Chang's The Wangs vs. the World , here's a question: how do you feel when an author has their characters frequently speak in a different language, and they don't prov...

  • Cheri

    NOW AVAILABLEThis debut novel is a very entertaining read. In some ways, it?s similar to The Nest, but without the backstabbing sibling rivalry, with somewhat quirkier and more likeable characters. ...

  • Paromjit

    This is a novel that immerses itself in the Wang family when their wealth disappears completely in the 2008 financial markets crash. It is exacerbated by Charles Wang's inability to follow the advice ...

  • Angela M

    I'm less than a third of the way in and I've already decided this is not for me . It could be that I just don't have a sense of humor as I wasn't finding the story as hilarious as some others have de...

  • Liz

    I was looking forward to this book. But it never succeeded in grabbing my interest. It was supposed to be funny, right? There's a premise similar to The Nest, in that a family that had money loses it ...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I really should have followed the advice of America?s favorite T.V. dad on this one . . . . I just couldn?t help myself, though. I mean...

  • Maxwell

    I expected a lot more from this book, and it's often those books that are the most disappointing. But I would've rather hated this book than feel apathetic towards it, as I do. I appreciate what the b...

  • Ellie

    What a wonderful book; one of the most satisfying reads I've had in a while.The Wangs are a family of five: Charles, the father, a wealthy manufacturer of cosmetics living in Los Angelos, and his chil...

  • Laurie Halse Anderson

    I really enjoyed this story. It took a couple of turns I wasn't expecting and I loved that. The multiple points of view were handled skillfully, as are the dialog, and layers of interwoven personal dr...