Monday, February 19, 2007
The Joy Luck Club meets Sex and the City in this fresh, exhilarating Asian-American novel -- GCC Tour!
This week, I'm hosting CHINA DOLLS By Michelle Yu & Blossom Kan on the GCC Tour!
This book sounds fabulous, and I don't think I'm biased since I just got back from China with our little girl. Seriously, check this one out.
Here's some info about the book: With the traditions and family closeness of The Joy Luck Club and the sass, girl friendships and humor of Sex and the City, comes a novel about three Asian-American women balancing life, love and one another in New York City.
CHINA DOLLS [Thomas Dunne Books/ Pub date: FEB 8th, 2007] by Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan is based on personal experience and introduces three remarkable characters named M.J, Alex and Lin.
➢ M.J is a tomboyish sportswriter struggling to fit into her family’s traditional Chinese culture and the predominantly Caucasian male world of sports.
➢ Alex is a confident no-nonsense attorney fighting the submissive Asian woman stereotype and the fear of taking risks after a heartbreaking romance.
➢ Lin is the risk-taking stockbroker trying not to relive her mother's mistakes— that is until she falls for the office playboy.
Authentic, intelligent and funny, CHINA DOLLS explores how culture can affect one’s personal and professional lives. As if dating isn’t hard enough in New York City, these women have to balance the expectations of family and exceed expectations in the workplace, all while looking for Mr. Right. CHINA DOLLS embraces the fusion of these two cultures – a phenomenon that will grasp both
commercial and young Asian-American readers today.
Check out what others are saying:
“A fun tale that weaves together the journeys of three very different, yet deeply bonded, women in their search for love and professional fulfillment in the big city.”
—Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus, authors of The Nanny Diaries
“A smart, sassy saga that explores the bonds of female friendship and the
cultural ties between generations.”
—Emily Giffin, author of Baby Proof
“A resoundingly upbeat and fun read, following three great friends in New York City. The insights into Asian culture are simultaneously amusing and illuminating. A highly promising debut.”
—Kavita Daswani, author of For Matrimonial Purposes
“The Joy Luck Club meets Sex and the City—a fresh, dazzling debut
from two exciting new voices.”
—Beth Kendrick, author of Fashionably Late
“Yu and Kan's heroines are eminently likable, and their adventures in love
and on the job ring true.”
And read what the girls had to say in response to my questions:
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL „WRITING DAY‰?
I'm a night owl, so after I get home from the day job, I'll have dinner and
write until midnight. Michelle is an early bird though, so she usually wakes
up at 7 and writes before work.
DO YOU RECALL THE KERNEL OF INSPIRATION FOR THIS BOOK?
Michelle and I love reading chick lit, but we thought that there weren't any
that spoke to our particular experiences. We thought we could add something
a little different (a certain multicultural twist) to the genre - and that's
how it all started.
PICK A CHARACTER IN THE BOOK AND TELL US WHAT TRAIT YOU SHARE (OR COME
CLOSEST TO SHARING) WITH THAT CHARACTER.
Michelle shares a lot of the M.J. character's drive to achieve her
sportscasting dream. As for me, I like to think I share the Alex's
character's loyalty (even when it hurts) to her friends.
IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A MAGICAL TRUNK
THAT GAVE YOU LIMITLESS BOOKS TO READ, OR A LIMITLESS SUPPLY OF PAPER ON
WHICH TO WRITE?
I would rather have limitless books to read, and Michelle would rather have
a limitless supply of paper.
BEER OR WINE?
Beer for Michelle, wine for me.
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Michelle and I are both pralines n' cream gals.
WHAT‚S YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK?
Michelle's all-time favorite book is Catcher in the Rye. I love anything by
Tennessee Williams - there's nothing I like more than messed up, alcoholic
Learn more here: http://www.chinadollsnovel.com/