Mambo in Chinatown: A Novel

Mambo in Chinatown: A Novel

by Jean Kwok
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Mambo in Chinatown 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
nm2657 More than 1 year ago
Not the best story I have ever read, but a very interesting one. I am using this book with the private student I tutor in ESL.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Great new spinning of the "ugly duckling" becoming a swan. I loved this book. It gave me such a new understanding for struggling to live between two cultures: western and eastern. Charlie is a 22 year old Chinese American girl who has never shone at anything - and suddenly gets her chance at thriving in the ballroom dance room. It truly is a modern-day fairytale. I won't say too much more because others have given the bare bones of the storyline in their reviews. If you want to learn more, read the book. You'll be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific read. I love happy endings.
bongie More than 1 year ago
This was a boring book. Didn't have alot to read about but dancing and 2 sisters relationship, one much younger and the other a mom figure. Was long for what it was about and didn't have much of a story. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I discovered another author, Jean Kwok, and after reading this book, I'm hunting for more. I love books that are hard to put down. For me, this was one I will read again in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED Kwok's, Girl in Translation and was so excited to read Mambo in Chinatown. Sadly, I was disappointed. The story and the characters were so cliche, predictable, and boring. This book pales in comparison to her first book which was beautifully written, with rich character development and a riveting story. I forced myself through that last chapters of the book out of respect for Kwok.
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SuzanneNYC More than 1 year ago
A novel that reads with the authenticity of a memoir. A terrific story about an ugly duckling who becomes a swan in New York's Chinatown. The conflicts between the older generation, born in China, and the author and her friends who are raised in America, are sharply depicted with warmth and humor. For anyone with an interest in the immigrant experience, Chinese traditions including tai chi and magic, and the difficulty of becoming a successful ballroom dancer---this is for you!