Eating Chinese Food Naked

Eating Chinese Food Naked

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Mei Ng invents a new genre of heroine in this stunning fiction debut. This simultaneously witty and poignant first novel explores the complex relationship between a mother and daughter, and the daughter's reluctant homecoming to a family she couldn't wait to leave.

For a twenty-two-year-old college graduate, Ruby Lee is surprisingly world weary. Restless and searching, no one is more surprised than Ruby when, after graduating from Columbia University), her first stop is back home to Queens. Even Ruby doesn't quite know what she hopes to find there, but the longer she stays the more she is forced to confront the family and emotions she tried to escape, especially her deep, protective love for her mother, Bell, a housewife bullied by Ruby's tyrannical, cigar-smoking father. The hundreds of laundry parcels stacked in the family living room, the detail and distraction of her mother's Chinese cooking, even the sexual fantasies that have long been a part of her waking and dreaming life begin to surround and smother her. At times these fantasies return her to the bed of her on-and-off boyfriend, and at other times they find her walking fro

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1998
ISBN: 9780684814162
0684814161
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 23 cm

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Vincent T Lombardo Nov 17, 2013

A sad novel about a second generation Chinese-American woman from a dysfunctional family who struggles with her feelings about her family, her ethnicity, her social class, and her sexuality. Ng's writing was not always very clear or elegant, but I was still moved by this book.

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