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By:Yi Shun Lai
Published on 2016-05-06 by


Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Semi-Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor. Marty Wu, compulsive reader of advice manuals, would love to come across as a poised young advertising professional. Instead she trips over her own feet and blurts out inappropriate comments. The bulk of her brain matter, she decides, consists of gerbils |spinning madly in alternating directions.| Marty hopes to someday open a boutique costume shop, but it's hard to keep focused on her dream. First comes a spectacular career meltdown that sends her ricocheting between the stress of New York and the warmth of supportive relatives in Taiwan. Then she faces one domestic drama after another, with a formidable mother who's impossible to please, an annoyingly successful and well- adjusted brother, and surprising family secrets that pop up just when she doesn't want to deal with them. Mining the comedic potential of the 1.5-generation American experience, NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK is an insightful and witty portrait of a young woman scrambling to balance familial expectations and her own creative dreams. |A breezy and charming tale ... Anyone who's grown up immersed in a profoundly rich old-world culture and feels its constant pull will commiserate--and be entertained.|--Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family |Marty is a wonderful character who learns to stand up for herself and discovers what she really wants in life.|--Booklist |An expert combination of humor and deep feeling... Digs deep into the particular challenges of defining and asserting an artistic identity in the world.|--PANK Magazine |Ceaselessly surprising and entertaining... Lai's debut is an unexpectedly radical book on our deeply complicated relations with parents.|--Hyphen Magazine: Asian America Unabridged

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