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Real Americans : a novel / Rachel Khong.

"FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF 'GOODBYE, VITAMIN,' AN EXHILARATING NOVEL OF AMERICAN IDENTITY THAT SPANS THREE GENERATIONS IN ONE FAMILY AND ASKS: WHAT MAKES US WHO WE ARE? AND HOW INEVITABLE ARE OUR FUTURES? Real Americans begins in New York City on the precipice of Y2K, when twenty-two-year-old Lily Chen, an unpaid intern at a slick media company, meets Matthew. Matthew is everything she is not: poised, confident, and, most notably, heir to a vast pharmaceutical fortune. Lily, the only child of scientists who fled Mao's Cultural Revolution, was raised in Tampa and is flat broke. Despite their differences, Lily and Matthew fall in love. In 2021, fifteen-year-old Nick Chen feels like an outsider on the isolated Washington island where he lives with his single mother, Lily. He can't shake the sense she's hiding something. When Nick sets out to find his biological father, the quest threatens to raise more questions than it provides answers. In immersive, moving prose, Rachel Khong weaves a profound tale of class and striving, race and visibility, and family and inheritance, a story of trust, forgiveness, and finally coming home. Exuberant and explosive, grand and entertaining, Real Americans is an inquiry into the forces that roil our new century: Are we destined or made? And, if the latter, who gets to do the making?" -- Provided by dustjacket.

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  • ISBN: 9780593537251
  • Physical Description: 399 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2024.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Read with Jenna"--front cover.
Subject: Chen, Lily (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Chen, Nick (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
National characteristics, American > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Refugees > Fiction.
Single mothers > Fiction.
Teenage boys > Fiction.
New York City, NY > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Indian Valley Public Library Fiction Khong (Text) 39427103794616 Fiction Room: Adult Fiction Checked Out 06/01/2024

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