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The Family Chao
The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang
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mjtwo
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2-6 Oct 22 (audiobook)
Once finished, I read this is a reworking of a Dostoevsky novel. I have not read the original but can see his style in this. Well-written and seemingly authentic tale of the immigrant experience in small town USA, which is probably not so different from small town Australia. Racism and stereotypical tropes boil close to the surface, surfacing as soon as there is a hint of something amiss.
Another Obama recommendation.

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Floresj
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Family saga with multiple points of view. Each character was definitely flawed, but I was intrigued with the family drama. It‘s a murder mystery and there‘s enough plausible solutions that it kept me guessing until the end!

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Megabooks
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Was this a family drama? A literary mystery? A legal thriller? I‘m still not sure. Whatever way you slice the scallion, this was #GoodNotGreat.

Leo Chao owns a small-town Chinese restaurant. His oldest son wants to take over, but Leo thinks he‘s not up to par. His wife has become a religious zealot. Youngest son James ends up with a suitcase full of cash (don‘t ask). When that goes missing and Leo turns up dead, fingers are pointed at the family.

Ruthiella I really enjoyed this one too. 😃 5mo
Cinfhen Hmmmmm, I think I‘ll pass for now! 5mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella it was a like not love for me, but I‘m glad I read it. 👍🏻 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen you might enjoy it as a #BorrowNotBuy down the road. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔 (edited) 5mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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My daughter is graduating from high school today (and WOW where did the time go) and the family is gathering. Bonus for my mom who is a big reader—I‘m sending her home with a stack of books! The tagged one is one of my favorites in this stack. Also The Undocumented Americans, The Poison Thread, What Strange Paradise…ok, who am I kidding, I liked all of them! 😬

KristiAhlers I LOVED fifty words for Rain! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence Sharing books with family members is the best! 6mo
Dragon Nice stack! 📚 💚🐉 6mo
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Ruthiella
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#Booked2022 “Make Your Own Prompt”

My prompt is “Modern takes on Classics”. The tagged is a reworking of The Brothers Karamazov (which I‘ve never read) set in the present day with three second generation American-Chinese brothers and their domineering father and long-suffering mother. It took a while to orient myself, but once I did, I was hooked. Family ties, secrets, lies, plus a murder! I‘m quite keen now to read the Dostoevsky original too!

Cinfhen Great idea!! You might see that prompt again next year 😁and glad to hear this book was a winner! 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I‘m a sucker for this kind of book! 6mo
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PNWBookseller85
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This was riveting and totally brilliant! It‘s a modern take on the Brothers Karamazov (which I didn‘t realize until it was referenced halfway through and then I had the hugest no duh moment - I‘ve read The Brothers Karamazov twice 😳) and it was just flawlessly executed. I can‘t praise it highly enough. So solid. I hope Lan Samantha Chang writes many many more books!

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Jilly6183
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This book started slow but I enjoyed the family/community dynamics, and then bam! A dramatic punch to the face! And the rest played out slow again. I did like it, but I would have preferred slightly different pacing.

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traa
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There was a great depth to how each member of the family perceived what it meant to be Chinese in America, and how their personalities shaped their choices to create this intriguing family history.

Linsy Love that bullet journal! 7mo
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bookandbedandtea
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It pains me to say it but I am not enjoying this. Back to the library it goes.

DivineDiana Nothing ventured; nothing gained. Wishing that your next choice will make your heart sing! ❤️ 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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This book looks closely at a family of two Chinese immigrant parents and their 3 adult Chinese-American sons as they gather at the family restaurant for Christmas. We start to see the cracks in the family and the complexity of the relationships as events unfold. I just loved this! I really look forward to reading more from this author.

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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I am a little late with this review. This book started off slow and I wasn‘t sure how to feel about it. I will say the Father was one of the best characters. I think he gave an insight to life, immigration, assimilation, parenthood, and marriage. He was not suppose to be likeable but he stayed with me from his introduction till the end. I give the book 7.5/10. I should have done the audiobook version. #poc #family #traditions #food

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TheKidUpstairs
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Warning, this is going to be a bit vague and scattered!

I really liked this book, but for the life of me I can't figure out why. It was slow and a bit all over the place in both story and style. But I still just enjoyed meandering through it.

@Blerdgal_Fenix I'll try to put some more cohesive thoughts together for my next letter!

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SkeletonKey
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Current audiobook for family book club. Not enjoying it much yet but I‘m pushing through.

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Sophronisba
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Leo bellows back. “You‘re younger—you don‘t know about that time of life. It starts in her fifties, when a woman dries up. She does and says whatever she wants.” James almost smiles. Menopause doesn‘t sound too bad, to hear his father tell it. “She drops womanhood like an old sock. There‘s no reason to please anybody anymore!”

I am 50, so I guess officially I'm offended but also: truth.

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Update: still recovering and have about another 10 more weeks to go. I am always tired. My legs are starting to look a little normal. I have been a bit of a hermit lately but I am@coming out of it. Here is Mortimer aka Alfredo - he says hi & drink water. 🐠

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you feel better soon! ❤️‍🩹 8mo
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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Okay — this book is a little slow. I am enjoying it. I think we could have sped up the timeline a little to get to the meat of the story. I think since the ground work is done maybe the fireworks will happen. Interesting take on immigrant parents vs first generation American children. #bipoc #familydysfunction #alf #brothers #food

TheKidUpstairs I'm feeling the same about this one. It's slow going, but I do like it. It's got a different feel to it, that I can't quite define. 8mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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@Blerdgal_Fenix - I've got a weakness for food magazines. I picked up March's Food and Wine yesterday, and there's a feature written by Lan Samanrha Chang!

LeahBergen I might have to pick this up, too! 9mo
Blerdgal_Fenix Omg!! The pic looks tasty 8mo
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Blerdgal_Fenix
The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang

March buddy read! My #litsylove letters are going to be late. I was hit than pinned to a car on 2/27. So my letters are a little behind. Pain meds are good lol. I will be starting my buddy read with @TheKidUpstairs next week! Love & prayers needed. No broken bones but I am banged up pretty good.

TheKidUpstairs Oh no! Sending you healing vibes! 9mo
Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon 9mo
xicanti Oh no! I‘m so glad you weren‘t hurt worse. Here‘s hoping for a fast recovery. 9mo
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Cupcake12 Oh no! Your letter arrived today. Hope you have a swift recovery, read lots and take care xxx 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!! I‘m so happy you are ok! 🙏🏻❤️ 9mo
Liatrek Hope everything ok❤️ 9mo
Kenyazero Oh no!! I‘m glad you‘re ok-ish! Wishing you a speedy and recovery. 9mo
CoffeeNBooks Oh no!! That's so scary! Glad you are OK, and wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery! 9mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! So sorry to hear this! Sending prayers and healing hugs to you and hope you‘re feeling much better. ❤️ 9mo
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TorieStorieS
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Set in a small Wisconsin town, the three Chao brothers are home for the holidays. Their long-suffering mother has left to live in the spiritual house, escaping the larger-than-life (and often lewd) husband, Leo. He constantly berates & belittles his sons- but after a fateful Christmas party, secrets start to spill out. While none of the characters are always likable, it‘s an engaging and quite well-performed #audiobook. A real discussion-starter!

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TracyReadsBooks
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And that‘s a wrap…Finished All the Water I‘ve Seen is Running for book #28 in January. A good month of reading highlights of which include the return of Saga—I LOVE THIS COMIC SO MUCH—the tagged book, Lore Olympus (a Litsy Award Winner & deservedly so), Elder Race (an excellent, thought-provoking SF novella) and last but definitely not least, Three Girls from Bronzeville, a fascinating memoir about growing up on Chicago‘s South Side.

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TracyReadsBooks
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So good! 💯 worth staying up late to finish this glorious, delectable family drama/comedy about a Chinese American family, their restaurant, the mysterious death of the family patriarch & the subsequent fallout for the three sons. Billed as a modern day Brothers Karamazov, this story is darkly comedic & shines a bright light on the undercurrents of life in a small town. Great characters (to love & hate), excellent story. Highly recommended.

PNWBookseller85 Loved it toooo!! 6mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Am I going to stay up past my bedtime to finish this book because it‘s almost impossible to put down? Yes, yes I am.

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TracyReadsBooks
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#WeekendReading

I have the house to myself—this never happens—and there is only one thing to do…chores!!! 😂 While reading some good books of course! I‘m currently reading the tagged book, and loving it so far, and hope to get to the other two in no particular order.

📖 The Family Chao
📖 Ballad & Dagger
📖 The Book Eaters

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Perfect for weekend reading. 10mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Went to visit my former co-workers at the bookstore and came home with a lot of new reading—ARCs on the left and in the middle, books they recommended on the right. Book people are awesome people!

DrexEdit Oooooo! Nice Haul! I‘ve been stalking that Cartographers book. Looking forward to publication day for that! 📚📚📚 10mo
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