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Richard EderIn her first book, Hunger: A Novella and Stories, Chang focused on the intricate, sometimes hallucinatory tensions in Chinese-American families straddling the old country and the new. But in Inheritance she shifts her perspective, seeing American life almost as a postscript. The novel's action, viewed in retrospect from New York in the 1990's, takes place almost entirely in the China of midcentury, amid its tidal waves of political and social change. Shaped by their country's traditions, Yinan and Junan struggle with the shattering alterations to the world their mother knew: love, enmity and mutual need serve both to bind the two sisters and to force them apart.
— The New York Times