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The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang

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Charles Wang has just lost the cosmetics fortune he built up since emigrating to the US. Gone are the houses, the cars, and the incredible lifestyle. Faced with this loss, he decides to take his family on a trip to China and attempt to reclaim his ancestral lands. But first they must go on a cross-country journey from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the Upstate New York retreat of his eldest daughter, Saina...


The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang

harles takes his other two children out of schools that he can no longer afford and packs them into the only car that wasn't repossessed-along with their wealth-addicted stepmother, Barbra. But with his son waylaid by a much-older temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally, finally fulfilling his dream of China.


'Fresh, energetic, and completely hilarious, The Wangs vs. the World is my favorite debut of the year.' Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie and The Middlesteins

'[A] richly entertaining debut ... smart and engaging' Guardian

'Sharply comic, The Wangs Vs the World is a hilarious take on the road trip novel' Stylist

'The Wangs vs. the World is one of the most thrilling, skilfully wrought novels I've read in ages ...a rollicking rambunctious ride with a crew of unforgettable characters.' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

'A recession-era Little Miss Sunshine meets Arrested Development ... a fun debut that offers something a little bit different.' Big Issue

About the Author

Jade Chang has covered arts and culture for publications like Metropolis Magazine (where she was the West Coast Editor for several years), the BBC, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Glamour, and others. She recently worked at Goodreads. The Wangs VS The World is her first novel.

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Publication date

29th June 2017


Jade Chang

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Penguin Books Ltd


368 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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