What We Were Promised (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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Wei and Lina grew up in China, the children of a peasant and a reeducated professor, respectively, but through a combination of luck and talent, they wound up on a graduate scholarship to the United States. Now they’re back in Shanghai, where Wei is a corporate manager and Lina is a Taitai, a housewife who really doesn’t do any housework. They may not have forgotten their roots, but their daughter Karen is not Chinese, she’s Chinese American, and returning to her homeland isn’t going to change that. The Zhens are also in for a surprise – Wei’s brother Qiang has just been in touch after disappearing years ago, and you know he has some unfinished business. The story is from the alternating perspectives of Wei, Lina, and their maid Sunny, who despite their apparent class chasms, isn’t really that different from them at all. I really enjoyed this – the story is quiet but filled with gentle humor and the characters engaging, even when they are maddening.

— Daniel Goldin

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549144677
ISBN-10: 1549144677
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: September 10th, 2018
Language: English