The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang; 2016; $26.00; 354 pages; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, New York, NY; 97805444734098; purchased at Multnomah County Library’s Title Wave Used Bookstore; 11/29/17-12/6/17
Why did I read this? This is the January selection of the Corner Reading Society, the book group that I belong to. When we meet the host (me, this time) tries to make a menu from the food mentioned in the book, so as I read the book I noted all the food mentioned. I am wondering how I am going to get In N Out food when the closest restaurant is five hours away.
George Wang is a immigrant from Taiwan who came to the United States with a connection to a urea supplier and a dream. After building a cosmetics empire, it all comes crashing down around him due to some financial missteps. He collects his second wife and a daughter still at home and begins to drive to across to reach his oldest daughter in upstate New York. He drives from Los Angeles to Arizona to pick up his son at university and then heads to New Orleans, where he temporarily misplaces his son. The family dynamics are all over the place during the drive. It is an interesting story of interpersonal relationships and family history.