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The Chinese Groove

List Price: $26.00

ON SALE: January 24, 2023 | Hardcover | ISBN 9781640095663

Anne Tyler meets Jade Chang in this buoyant, good-hearted, and sharply written novel about a blithely optimistic immigrant with big dreams, dire prospects, and a fractured extended family in need of his help—even if they don’t know it yet

Eighteen-year-old Shelley, born into a much-despised branch of the Zheng family in Yunnan Province and living in the shadow of his widowed father’s grief, dreams of bigger things. Buoyed by an exuberant heart and his cousin Deng’s tall tales about the United States, Shelley heads to San Francisco to claim his destiny, confident that any hurdles will be easily overcome by the awesome powers of the “Chinese groove,” a belief in the unspoken bonds between countrymen that transcend time and borders.

Upon arrival, Shelley is dismayed to find that his “rich uncle” is in fact his unemployed second cousin once removed and that the grand guest room he’d envisioned is but a crappy sofa. The indefinite stay he’d planned for? That has a firm two-week expiration date. Even worse, the loving family he hoped would embrace him is in shambles, shattered by a senseless tragedy that has cleaved the family in two. They want nothing to do with this youthful bounder who’s barged into their lives. Ever the optimist, Shelley concocts a plan to resuscitate his American dream by insinuating himself into the family. And, who knows, maybe he’ll even manage to bring them back together in the process.

About Kathryn Ma

KATHRYN MA is the author of the widely praised novel The Year She Left Us (Harper, 2014), which was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an NPR “Great Read” of the year. A starred Publishers Weekly review called the book, “a sweeping success…a standout…a family saga of insight, regret and pathos…not to be missed.” Jennifer Egan deemed it, “the arrival of a fierce, subtle new American voice,” and, in the New York Times, Mona Simpson called it “haunting” with main characters who are “shimmering and unforgettable.” Kathryn’s short story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and was named a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Discoveries Book. She also won the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction in 2008 and has twice had the honor of being named a San Francisco Public Library Laureate.

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