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The Love Wife by Gish Jen
In The Love Wife, Carnegie Wong is the son of an immigrant Chinese woman, Mama Wong. Carnegie is married to a WASP woman, Blondie, and have two adopted Asian daughters and a biological son. Mama Wong has always been a domineering mother, constantly berating Carnegie for his choice of wife. After her death, her will stipulates that a Chinese relation, Lan, must live with Carnegie and Blondie to care for their daughters. Lan's arrival upsets the balance in the Carnegie household, but her real connection to the family remains a mystery. Gish Jen's novel of love and family has received positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, "Jen has created a novel that is engrossing and sincere, a story that sparks with surprises. The characters sneak into your heart so that you cheer and hurt right along with them."