I really enjoyed this book. There is a lot to it, and it is hard to know what to pick out as its main theme. It is about an American-born Chinese woman whose family came to the U.S. After a long period of failed jobs and bleak lifestyle, the parents went back to China, while their two children stayed. The brother and sister are very different from each other. The sister becomes an ICU doctor in New York City, while the brother goes into the world of venture capital.
The story revolves around the death of the main character's father (in China) and how she handles it, and the visit of her mother after his death. Joan appears to be "on the spectrum", like the character in "Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine" but it would be wrong to lump the two together. - each story is very different.
Joan is complicated and wracked from being perceived by Americans as "not-American" and by Chinese relatives as "not-Chinese." It is a problem for all people who leave their home country for another. They cannot resolve the question of who they are or where they belong.
The narrator does a fine job.
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