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Mona in the Promised Land: A Novel

Mona in the Promised Land: A Novel

by Gish Jen


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A New York Times Notable Book

In these pages, acclaimed author Gish Jen portrays the day-to-day of American multiculturalism with poignancy and wit, introducing us to teenaged Mona Chang, who in 1968 moves with her newly prosperous family to Scarshill, New York. Here, the Chinese are seen as "the new Jews." What could be more natural than for Mona to take this literally—even to the point of converting? As Mona attends temple "rap" sessions and falls in love (with a nice Jewish boy who lives in a tepee), Jen introduces us to one of the most charming and sweet-spirited heroines in recent fiction, a girl who can wisecrack with perfect aplomb even when she's organizing the help in her father's pancake house. On every page, Gish Jen sets our received notions spinning with a wit as dry as a latter-day Jane Austen's.

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ISBN-13: 9780679776505
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1997
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 419,379
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Gish Jen is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and two books of nonfiction, The Girl at the Baggage Claim and Tiger Writing. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She teaches from time to time in China and otherwise lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Cambridge, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 12, 1955

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. Harvard University, M.F.A., Iowa Writers¿ Workshop

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