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Family trust : a novel / Kathy Wang.
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ISBN:
9780062855251

9780062874764
Edition:
First edition.
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New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
385 pages ; 24 cm.
Abstract:
"Some of us are more equal than others.... Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he's worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley's family is nervous. For his son Fred, the inheritance Stanley has long alluded to would soothe the pain caused by years of professional disappointment. By now, the Harvard Business School graduate had expected to be a financial tech god - not a minor investor at a middling corporate firm, where he isn't even allowed to fly business class. Stanley's daughter, Kate, is a middle manager with one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious tech companies. She manages the capricious demands of her world-famous boss and the needs of her two young children all while supporting her would-be entrepreneur husband (just until his startup gets off the ground, which will surely be soon). But lately, Kate has been sensing something amiss; just because you say you have it all, it doesn't mean that you actually do. Stanley's second wife, Mary Zhu, twenty-eight years his junior, has devoted herself to making her husband comfortable in every way--rubbing his feet, cooking his favorite dishes, massaging his ego. But lately, her commitment has waned; caring for a dying old man is far more difficult than she expected. Linda Liang, Stanley's first wife, knows her ex better than anyone. She worked hard for decades to ensure their financial security, and is determined to see her children get their due. Single for nearly a decade, she might finally be ready for some romantic companionship. But where does a seventy-two year old Chinese woman in California go to find an appropriate boyfriend? As Stanley's death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust skewers the ambition and desires that drive Silicon Valley and draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life"-- Provided by publisher.

"A family saga based in Silicon Valley that follows the Huang family as they come to terms with their patriarch's terminal cancer diagnosis and anticipate the distribution of his highly valuable estate"-- Provided by publisher.
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NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE FALL BY

The Washington Post * Elle.com * Buzzfeed * Entertainment Weekly * Bustle * The Globe and Mail * Apartment Therapy * Town & Country * Harper's Bazaar

"Reads like a brilliant mashup of The Nest and Crazy Rich Asians (with a soupçon of Arrested Development for good measure)." -- Cristina Alger, author of The Banker's Wife

Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Meet Stanley's family: son Fred, who feels that he should be making a lot more money; daughter Kate, managing a capricious boss, a distracted husband, and two small children; ex-wife Linda, familiar with and suspicious of Stanley's grandiose ways; and second wife Mary, giver of foot rubs and ego massages.

For years, Stanley has insistently claimed that he's worth a small fortune. Now, as the Huangs come to terms with Stanley's approaching death, they are also starting to fear that Stanley's "small fortune" may be more "small" than "fortune." A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A Taiwanese-American family faces the realities and indignities of living in Silicon Valley in Wang's astute debut. Stanley Huang is dying of pancreatic cancer and his reassurances to his family about his millions in savings are falling on increasingly suspicious ears. His first wife, Linda, received nearly nothing in her divorce and is determined that her children have more financial support than she received. As Stanley's health deteriorates, his far younger second wife, Mary Zhu, becomes frustrated with caring for him. Meanwhile, Stanley and Linda's son, Fred, toils as a middle manager in an investment firm and waits for a promotion that will surely make his career. Their daughter, Kate, suffers under a high-maintenance boss at a multinational tech company and has two young kids and a husband who works at a start-up that hasn't started up. Everyone in the family agrees: the money Stanley has vaguely promised them would be a huge relief. But as they attempt to secure their inheritances, questions emerge: How much of Stanley's respect have their loyalties and successes won? Who is acting in Stanley's best interest? And what will life look like after Stanley dies? The author brings levity and candor to the tricky terrain of family dynamics, aging, and excess. Wang's debut expertly considers the values of high-tech high society. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

DEBUT Stanley Huang is dying of cancer. He is the patriarch of a first-generation Chinese American family, all of whom have been successful in Silicon Valley. Then again, their achievements are questionable. His daughter Kate and son Fred are both dealing with failed marriages. His second wife, Mary, wants to make sure she inherits as much as possible, while his first wife, Linda, worries about her children's inheritances. Everyone is jockeying for Stanley's pile of money, which may or may not exist. As Stanley's health continues to deteriorate, Fred loses his job, Kate discovers her husband's mistress, Linda meets a man on an online dating site, and Mary searches through Stanley's files for bank statements and credit cards. While many are comparing this novel to Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, it's much more about family relationships than about the wealth the Huang family displays. It's also about the machinations of Silicon Valley, where start-ups fight one another for proprietary rights and scam artists are constantly working the Internet. VERDICT Readers who enjoy complicated novels about family issues will find this engrossing work impossible to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]-Andrea Kempf, formerly with Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.