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Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen: A Novel
Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen: A Novel | Marilyn Chin
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An uproarious debut that lays bare the complicated generational relationships of Chinese American women. Raucous twin sisters Moonie and Mei Ling Wong are known as the “double happiness” Chinese food delivery girls. Each day they load up a “crappy donkey-van” and deliver Americanized (“bad”) Chinese food to homes throughout their southern California neighborhood. United in their desire to blossom into somebodies, the Wong girls fearlessly assert their intellect and sexuality, even as they come of age under the care of their dominating, cleaver-wielding grandmother from Hong Kong. They transform themselves from food delivery girls into accomplished women, but along the way they wrestle with the influence and continuity of their Chinese heritage. Marilyn Chin’s prose waxes and wanes between satire and metaphorical lyric, referencing classical Chinese tales and ghost stories that are at turns sensual, lurid, hilarious, shocking, and surreal.
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Near perfect. Irreverent & fun, wordplay w/out the annoying postmodern garbage (well mostly), light yet rooted in ancient folklore, Buddhist scriptures, Chinese beliefs & in the Great American Dream. Sometimes the narrative is jumbled up which, instead of being a clever parody, only feels like "I'm-too-tired-to-research-this" or "there-isn't-enough-material-on-this." Still wish I read this before I read all the other contemporary Asian Am works.

batsy I recently bought this! It sounds delightful. 3mo
fleeting @batsy oh I hope you'll enjoy! 🥰 3mo
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Second pile. As if the first one I posted wasn't enough. But who EVER said that they've got enough books??? 🤷‍♀️ the tagged book is my best find as it's been on my wishlist 👌

Tonton Great stack! I‘m jealous lol 3mo
fleeting @Tonton I'm sure you've got great piles there which I'd love to dig into! 3mo
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