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Family Trust
Family Trust: A Novel | Kathy Wang
Struggling to fulfill their dying father’s final bequest, a privileged Chinese-American family in Silicon Valley is forced to contend with the truth of their own lives in this clever and perceptive family drama that combines the warmth of The Nest, the humor of Crazy Rich Asians, and the dark optimism of Behold the Dreamers. When Stanley Huang is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his family is thrown into turmoil. While his children are concerned for their father, they can’t help but wonder what his death will mean for their own futures. Stanley has long alluded that he’s worth a fortune. But neither his children nor his wife know exactly how much he has—or who will get it. For his son Fred, a few million would soothe the pain caused by years of professional disappointment. By now, the Harvard Business School graduate had expected to be a financial tech god—not a minor investor at a middling corporate firm, where he isn’t even allowed to fly business class. Stanley’s daughter, Kate, is a middle manager with one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious tech companies. She manages the capricious demands of her world-famous boss and the needs of her two young children while supporting her would-be entrepreneur husband—just until his startup gets off the ground. But when one of the balls she's juggling unexpectedly drops, she starts to wonder if she really needs to be everything to everyone. Stanley’s second wife, Mary Zhu, twenty-eight years his junior, has devoted herself to making her husband comfortable in every way—rubbing his feet, cooking his favorite dishes, massaging his ego. But lately, her commitment has waned; caring for a dying old man is far more difficult than she expected. Linda Liang, Stanley’s first wife, knows her ex better than anyone. She worked hard for decades to ensure their financial security, and is determined to see her children get their due. Single for nearly a decade, she might finally be ready for some romantic companionship. But where does a seventy-two-year-old Chinese woman in California go to find a boyfriend? As Stanley’s death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust is an indelible portrait of family that offers an illuminating peek at the ambition and desires beneath Silicon Valley life.
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

As a Bay Area Taiwanese family gathers around the dying patriarch, the wife, the son, the daughter, and the ex-wife all have different attitudes as #anotheronebitesthedust.

There‘s just enough twists and turns to make the family dramadie an amusing diversion. I enjoyed the first wife Linda‘s character the most. Fred, the son, was a bit of a snooze until the the end, but I like how the characters wrapped up. #anglophileapril 3.5⭐️

Cinfhen This sounds fun! I‘ll have to see if my library has it 2mo
Cinfhen Enjoy your peeps & chocolate eggs 🐰🍫🥚Happy Holidays 2mo
Mdargusch Sounds like an interesting look at family. 2mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen Definitely a good library choice! I hope you‘ve had a good Passover. I do happen to have some peeps! 🐣💙🤗 2mo
Megabooks @Mdargusch It was! 👍🏻😁 Are you seeing the grandkids this Easter? 2mo
Mdargusch Yes! We just had a feast and an Easter egg hunt. Now the girls are gone and I‘m resting! 😅 Did you get some chocolate today? (edited) 2mo
Megabooks @Mdargusch Fantastic! I bet you had a great time. I‘m allergic to milk and dark chocolate, so I got some white Reece‘s cups, Jordan almonds, and white M&Ms! 😋😋 2mo
Mdargusch Yum ! I love white Reese‘s cups! 2mo
Reviewsbylola This one has been on my TBR since I first saw it! It sounds good. 2mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I think you‘d enjoy it! 2mo
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Megabooks
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Ugh. I just really don‘t like Fred as a character. I hate that two of the last five chapters are his. 👎🏻 #RantingOnASaturday

HOWEVER, the views out my windows are gorgeous! Dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom! #HappyPlace

Crazeedi Beautiful!!!❤ 2mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi Thank you!!! 😊😊💕💕 2mo
Briget66 Lol LOVED your review!! 2w
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Megabooks

Don‘t you hate it when you get to a long chapter about a boring character? Linda and Kate are way more interesting than Fred!

batsy Yup, that's my issue with family sagas! There's always that one boring one 😆 2mo
Megabooks @batsy lol! #truth!! 😂 2mo
Briget66 Totally agree. Fred ruined this book for me. He turned a maybe 4 star review into a 2. 2w
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Megabooks
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I‘ve been meaning to read this since last year. I wanted another family drama with minimal romantic drama after rereading The Nest. This dysfunctional relationship among a husband, ex-wife, wife, and two grown children is fitting the bill!

Anyone have suggestions of other family dramas with minimal romantic drama?? I want the book to be mainly about the family. Another one I liked was The Family Fang. Thanks!!!

mreads I think is a family drama 2mo
Megabooks @mreads It was in my TBR, but I had forgotten about it! My library has it. Thanks! 2mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB Hmmm...I‘m adding it to my TBR, but I don‘t think I‘m quite in the mood for the murdering part right now. Just a tad heavy. I enjoyed your review!! 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s not really about the murder or the violence but more about the consequences of it for the rest of the lives of all involved. But I respect your decision of course 😘 2mo
Zelma I haven‘t read it to vouch for it but this would fit your description 2mo
Megabooks @Zelma #stacked! Sounds good! 2mo
Zelma @Megabooks 👍 honestly, if it had it on my shelf, it‘s probably start it tonight; I haven‘t read a dysfunctional family book in awhile. 😆 2mo
Megabooks @Zelma since I‘m not big on romance or relationship problems being a plot driver because I just don‘t have or want that in my life, I like peeking into dysfunctional (or just quirky) families. My family is very minorly quirky compared to what I read! 😁 2mo
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janeycanuck
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Hi. My name is Colleen and it‘s been 2 days since I bought a book. I came so close to hitting 100 successful days of my self-imposed book-buying ban.

Sigh. It‘s not my fault, though - Kobo put a $5 credit in my account and all the HCC March Madness books were on sale.

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essayareayaitch
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This excerpt is split between two pages on the ebook, but it's about the Cupertino, California Whole Foods location. Anyone that has visited that location knows how accurate this description happens to be.

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essayareayaitch
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Mehso-so

This book was heading towards DNF, as it is due to be returned to the library, and not enough time. Slow going. If you are Chinese (maybe all Asians), you'll understand when I say that this book is all about saving face. Part keeping up with the haves (it didn't really sound like there were have nots).

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essayareayaitch
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Starting this book today, and there's all that college bribery scandal happening

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Well-ReadNeck
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A couple days late posting my #TBRShelfie #LiteraryLuck

But here are the physical books remaining for my #MountTBR challenge. Believe it or not, I‘ve already made a dent.

vkois88 That's awesome! I've been adding to mine 😕😕😕 4mo
Reviewsbylola Your shelves are so colorful and cheerful! 4mo
diovival 😍 4mo
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AudreyMorris
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Pickpick

Pick, with reservations. A fairly quick read that takes place in Silicon Valley. Fred and Kate are siblings, the adult children of Chinese immigrants. They both have excellent jobs and make very good money but want more. When their father is diagnosed with cancer, their perspectives shift a little, as both try to make their dreams happen. Too much rich people problems, but I like books set in San Jose (born and raised!).

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huntersmom1977
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Mehso-so

This book reminded me a bit of The Nest. I liked this book but all the talk about finances and stocks bored me.
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

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RealLifeReading
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Pickpick

Family Trust is a Silicon Valley story. It is also an Asian family story. It is also an American story. It‘s a story about the pursuit of success, about money, about family obligation. There will be Crazy Rich Asians comparisons but as someone not a fan of that, let me just say that Family Trust is better. Its characters are complex yet relatable, its observations of Silicon Valley life and family relationships are astute and witty. A great debut!

Cinfhen Such a great review! I‘ve seen mixed reviews but yours makes me want to read it!! 4mo
batsy Oh good, I didn't like Crazy Rich Asians either! This one sounds interesting. 4mo
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RealLifeReading @Cinfhen thanks! Hope you give it a try 4mo
RealLifeReading @batsy THANK YOU for saying that. 😂😂 nowadays people equate Singapore w CRA and I‘m like Meh and they don‘t get it 4mo
batsy @RealLifeReading I know, its popularity means that it's taken as a depiction of how Singaporean society really is! I've seen some absurd comments about how Asians are living the good life compared to how Americans or Europeans are struggling with austerity & I'm like, please remember the "crazy rich" part, i.e. a very very tiny percentage of lives insulated from the real world. It's the same anywhere. (Sorry, this book always makes me ranty ?) 4mo
RealLifeReading @batsy 😂 rant away as I feel that way for sure! 4mo
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RealLifeReading
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Enjoying a quiet cup of Yorkshire Gold on a rainy Sunday morning. The splatter of rain on the windows woke me up earlier. So it was off to have an early breakfast (kaya or coconut jam sandwich). How‘s your Sunday going?

Redwritinghood Ugh! I have a terrible cold, thanks to my husband. Can‘t quit sneezing! Sounds like you are having a nice quiet morning, though. Please enjoy for me! 4mo
RealLifeReading I think I caught your cold 😷 @Redwritinghood (edited) 4mo
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RealLifeReading
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Ok now I want shawarma from Dish n Dash. Luckily there‘s only just ten minutes from here. Although I prefer the lamb shawarma! Love that this book is set in the Bay Area.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

This #bookbyafemaleauthor for #halfbloodbingo was an interesting look at the lies people tell about finance and how one family deals with their patriarch dying.

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RealLifeReading
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Breakfast this rainy and chilly Monday. Charsiubao and a siu mai - leftovers from weekend lunch.

donnishadawson What kind of e-reader do you have* 5mo
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JacqMac
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Bailedbailed

DNF. I just couldn‘t do it. I hated everyone so much, that I just didn‘t care.

squirrelbrain Oh dear 🙁 5mo
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JacqMac
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I‘m reading in bed this morning. I haven‘t looked outside yet. It‘s very dark. My phone says it‘s raining with heavy snow. Not sure how that works, but it sounds like I‘m in the right place.
#24B4Monday
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Definitely in the right place, I‘ve cosied down to Read too. Very high winds outside. 5mo
TheReadingMermaid It rained and snowed here to last night. Made it for a very very cold morning 🥶🥶🥶 5mo
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kitteh_reads
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Panpan

I had a really good feeling about this book. I had gotten the recommendation from list for top books in 2018. I finished it this morning, and I'm slightly disappointed 😔 it was very slow pace...I had hoped there would be some more family interaction. Every person had their own story going on, Linda, Mary, Fred, and Kate. The only thing that tied the book together was the father's cancer, which was a small portion. #catsoflitsy #handsomeboy

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Post gym dinner and audiobook.

Hoping to finish this one tonight. 🤞🏼🤞🏼

MrBook You eat much healthier than me. 😆👏🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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bookandcat
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Pickpick

Treadmill reading and book 2 of 2019! 3 stars, maybe 3.5 - mild pick! This reads like The Nest meets Crazy Rich Asians (the back also references this, as well as Arrested Development) - quirky, often funny family drama as the patriarch is dying and leaving behind an immense fortune, complete with some overseas settings.
#popsugarchallenge (about a family) #litsyatoz (W for Kathy Wang) #readingwomenchallenge (multigenerational family saga)

LeeRHarry This sounds like something I‘d like as I enjoyed the two books you mentioned - stacked! 6mo
RealLifeReading Nice! I hope to read this one 6mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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@LauraBeth & @Reviewsbylola : Rest assured that @BookishMarginalia had a book within 2 minutes of the “bookless” picture being taken and posted.

LauraBeth 💃💃💃 Hope y‘all are back home with the cats by now 6mo
Magpiegem Well thank goodness for that I was worried!! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Thank god, i would be frantic in that situation. Sad, but true. 😆 6mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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BookishMarginalia I have a stalker! 😜 6mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 6mo
batsy 😁 6mo
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BookishMarginalia
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A little taste to show why I‘m enjoying this book so much so far: here‘s one of the characters talking first about the virtues of having an adult child shut-in AND buying a doormat as a deterrent to thieves... priceless!

gradcat I love this!! 😊 6mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Last few hours in Puerto Rico before heading home to our cats in Bradenton, FL. Enjoying the book and the view!

readordierachel Beautiful view 😍 6mo
JoScho So pretty! Safe flight home 💙 6mo
djh Enjoy PR. My son lives in Rincon! 6mo
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fleeting
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Mehso-so

An enjoyable read, though it felt way too long. The plot slowly unraveling was good, but it would've been better a hundred pages less. The business terms went over my head, and the Mrs. Dalloway type of ending was a tad disappointing. On to the next book!

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BookishMarginalia
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Today‘s #bookhaul from #TheBookmarkPR! The bottom 4 are international paperback editions of recent hardcovers.

CouronneDhiver Great range of colours there! 6mo
LiteraryinLititz Awesome haul, and it must be so nice to be visiting your old haunts. I have The Secret Lives on my shelf, and I‘ve just been hearing recently about 6mo
Crazeedi Wow! Awesome stack! Lucky you! 6mo
saguarosally Are you back home? 6mo
BookishMarginalia @saguarosally We‘re back visiting Puerto Rico this week 6mo
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Redjewel_7734
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Pickpick

This a great quiet story about family, love, resentment, truth, lies...well, about life, the end of life, figuring out what really matters in all that, & sometimes missing that point completely. It is what I love in a story: simple & complicated all at once. If you like those type of stories, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.

Reviewsbylola This ones on my TBR. 6mo
Redjewel_7734 @Reviewsbylola I look forward to seeing what you think of it! 6mo
CouronneDhiver You sold me on this one 👍🏽 Stacked! 6mo
Redjewel_7734 @CouronneDhiver I can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 6mo
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Leigh0906
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It was a low-key Christmas this year. My big “gift” was getting insurance approval and receiving a DexcomG6 so that took precedence over books, for once. 😝 Either way- I‘m super excited about my mini #bookhaul and can‘t wait to read all three!

Tamra Looks like excellent reading time! 6mo
Djspens I hear ya on the G6. My daughter just went from G4 to G6 and from Animas to Omnipod. Merry freakin christmas! 6mo
MinDea Salt Fat Acid Heat is so good. I loved her Netflix show! 6mo
Leigh0906 @Djspens the G6 is amazing- I‘m on a Minimed pump, but I‘m hoping to switch to the Tslim in 2019. The Basal-iq prediction stuff has me salivating! @MinDea I have a friend who said the book changed the way she cooked, but I held out on the book until I saw the Netflix show. You‘re right- so good! 6mo
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I received an ARC via Goodreads, but just got around to reading it.

This has been compared to The Nest, which I hadn't yet read when I requested this ARC. I enjoyed #FamilyTrust more than The Nest. The Family Trust characters aren't *quite* as greedy and shallow, I think. It's a strange contest to "win"!

Regardless, Family Trust was a fine read. I neither hated nor loved it. If you enjoy observing rich people behaving badly, you may enjoy it.

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fleeting
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Loving the details on the cover of this one.

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Hestapleton
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#25in5 begins now! I desperately need this to help me get motivated to read and off of Reddit (I need to break my social media addiction, for real, guys). Starting off with the tagged book so I can get it back to the library, then moving on to THE DINNER LIST, IN COLD BLOOD for murder book club with my mom, and I‘ll be using THE PERFECT MOTHER for audio! What‘s on your TBR?

gradcat #25in5 Can anyone join in? This one seems very doable for me...I‘d like to participate, but is it only on Instagram? (edited) 6mo
Hestapleton @gradcat yes anyone can do it and you don‘t need to sign up. It‘s primarily on Instagram, I believe, but a lot of people on here are doing it. I‘ll be posting both places! 6mo
gradcat Thank you for helping me with this! I‘ll get started right away 🥰 6mo
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Bananaism
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Pickpick

Though some may not be a fan of the characters, I loved the writing style of the author and how the characters progressed through until the end.

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BookNAround
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Pickpick

Between a pick and so-so, this novel of money and family is a decent entry in the “rich people‘s problems” genre. Full review at http://booknaround.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-family-trust-by-kathy-wang.html

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rustoryhuf
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Sitting in the doctors office and I just finished this book, which was entertaining btw. But, of course I didn‘t bring another book...I should know better 😆

Kaye Hope your appt goes well. I always stick my kindle in my purse. Stupid thing is, I‘m always too nervous to read, so it‘s sorta pointless for me. I like having it there for a backup I guess. 7mo
rustoryhuf I almost picked up a spare book, but left it on the pile. Next time I‘ll know better. @Kaye 7mo
Avanders @rustoryhuf hi! Just checking in re #stuffedstockingswap #sss -- have you received your package? Your sender says that tracking indicates it should have arrived! Let me know ☺️🎄♥️ (edited) 7mo
rustoryhuf I did and just forgot to post about its arrival. End of semester has me snowed under!! My apologies. 7mo
Avanders @rustoryhuf eep! Good luck w the craziness! & thanks for posting 🤗 7mo
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Lauren.Archer
Pickpick

Pretty solid read. Saw this was compared to The Nest and Crazy Rich Asians. It was not as good as those books but still a good story.

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Lauren.Archer
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Starting a long drive this morning with my family for a wedding. Hopefully this will help pass the time.

Cinfhen Have fun! 7mo
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Bookalong
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Pickpick


A carefully drawn out family drama about a well off Chinese/American family, the father of which has just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and we get to see how this will affect everyone.
It was a very engrossing and juicy family drama. Well written and told from multiple POV. I also found the characters not very likeable but pretty interesting , great character development proving this authors talent.

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Zelma
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I need to clean my house, grocery shop, and visit my mother-in-law, but instead am stuck on the couch icing an injured foot. At least I have a book and my snuggly Doggie next to me; as you can see, it‘s finally sweater season for him here.

I am kind of meh on the book. Started out well, but I am having issues really caring where it goes.

zsuzsanna_reads Hope the foot gets better soon! 7mo
Redwritinghood Hope you feel better soon. I‘m also down today with strep throat. Started antibiotics last night, but I don‘t think they‘ve kicked in yet. 😞 7mo
Cinfhen Oh no!! Hope you feel better @Zelma @Redwritinghood 💚 7mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Ugh, so crazy when you have stuff you want to get done and then something happens to nix all your plans! I hope your foot isn‘t too badly hurt and that you feel better soon. 7mo
Zelma @Redwritinghood Ugh! So much worse than my foot. I hope you can kick it soon. @zsuzsanna_reads @Cinfhen @PurpleyPumpkin thanks! I had to get to the store and see MIL, but the house can stay dirty. 😆 foot still hurts and Mr. Z thinks it‘s gout. 😬 hopefully it clears so I can walk normally soon. 7mo
Dragon Poor foot, hope it heals quickly! 💐 7mo
AceOnRoam Hope your foot heals soon, well not that soon, at least not until you finish your current book 😁😆😀😅😅 7mo
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Zelma
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A quick reading and coffee break at work. AT WORK! Yaaaaaay! So excited to be working again after such a long time off. 😄

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Starfire29
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These two 💜

saresmoore Oh, hello, pretty kitties! 😍 8mo
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BookNAround
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Somebody thinks she should be in my lap instead of my book!

SandyW She's right, of course. 8mo
Melissa_J I agree with @SandyW Schnauzer‘s belong on one‘s lap 😊 8mo
BookNAround @SandyW @Melissa_J Of course she‘s right. 😂 8mo
fleeting Oh I've been wanting to read this one! 7mo
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BestOfFates
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Pickpick

Went into this blind and was pleasantly surprised how much the story of a California family and their relation to their aging patriarch engaged my interest.

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Liberty
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Afternoon reading. ❤️📖🌻

Kayla.Adriena Such a lovely cover! 8mo
TamCotzias On my wishlist. Would love to know how you like it. 8mo
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Starfire29
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Soo went to Barnes and Noble today to get a book. I love how everytime I go to the book store I want to get every book lol. 🤣

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Smangela
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Oh Fred, you‘re just so satisfyingly predictable.

The fact that he watches his saleswoman girlfriend pull the same flattery to all the male customers to jack up the purchases, is apparently lost on him.

#ARC #FamilyTrust • available October 2018 •

Samplergal I just received this ARC yesterday. Hope to find time soon. 9mo
Smangela @Samplergal I‘m really enjoying it, it‘s kind of cynical... but in a good way... I‘m not sure that makes sense haha 😂 9mo
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Smangela
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There is something about this line from Family Trust that just struck a chord with me. I don‘t find it particularly cynical, though maybe it is meant to be, but rather kind of comforting.

#currentread #ARCs

Shout out to @WilliamMorrowBooks for the ARC. I am really digging it. And it turns out to be a timely read as this is set in the Bay Area and I just returned from there!

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alvingregorio
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My first ARC. 😎

Jess7 Awesome! I want to read this one! 9mo
umbrellagirl Stacked 👍🏻 9mo
Birdsong28 First of many. If you read kindle books try #Netgalley 📚📖 9mo
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Preciouz29
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Thank you @WilliamMorrowBooks for this, I can‘t wait to start this!!!

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WilliamMorrowBooks
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FAMILY TRUST is a biting and funny novel about a Chinese American family striving to keep up with the Gateses. Don‘t miss your chance to red this one early. Tag a friend from California in the comments and you‘ll both be entered for a chance to win an Advance Reader‘s Edition.

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Preciouz29 @MrsRreads let‘s try for a free book! And you know I‘m a sucker for anything Asian! 10mo
essayareayaitch Would the @SFPublicLibrary count as a friend? 10mo
WilliamMorrowBooks @Karen3 @Cookie1 @CaliforniaCay @alvingregorio @Preciouz29 @MrsRreads you have each won an ARE. Email your address to morrowmarketing at HarperCollins dot com to claim your prize. 10mo
Preciouz29 @WilliamMorrowBooks omg, omg, omg!!! I‘m so excited for this book!!!! 10mo
Preciouz29 @WilliamMorrowBooks my sis, @MrsRreads is busy, but she‘ll respond soon! 10mo
Karen3 @WilliamMorrowBooks THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! 10mo
Onmybookshelf @ williammorrowbooks what if I have no one I know there? 9mo
Jess7 I want to read this one really bad! Love the cover! 8mo
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