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The Resource What we were promised, Lucy Tan

What we were promised, Lucy Tan

Label
What we were promised
Title
What we were promised
Statement of responsibility
Lucy Tan
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises. After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city. One morning, in the eighth tower of Lanson Suites, Lina discovers that a treasured ivory bracelet has gone missing. This incident sets off a wave of unease that ripples throughout the Zhen household. Wei, a marketing strategist, bows under the guilt of not having engaged in nobler work. Meanwhile, Lina, lonely in her new life of leisure, assumes the modern moniker taitai-a housewife who does no housework at all. She is haunted by the circumstances surrounding her arranged marriage to Wei and her lingering feelings for his brother, Qiang. Sunny, the family's housekeeper, is a keen but silent observer of these tensions. An unmarried woman trying to carve a place for herself in society, she understands the power of well-kept secrets. When Qiang reappears in Shanghai after decades on the run with a local gang, the family must finally come to terms with the past and its indelible mark on their futures. From a silk-producing village in rural China, up the corporate ladder in suburban America, and back again to the post-Maoist nouveaux riches of modern Shanghai, What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves
Cataloging source
MRGLN
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tan, Lucy
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3620.A6835
LC item number
W53 2018
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Shanghai (China)
Label
What we were promised, Lucy Tan
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1041940532
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9780316437189
Lccn
2017944470
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1041940532
Label
What we were promised, Lucy Tan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1041940532
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9780316437189
Lccn
2017944470
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1041940532

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