Interior Chinatown: WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2020 (Paperback)Charles Yu (author)
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The Westworld writer and author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe serves up metafictional satire of the Chinese American experience in this daring and exuberant story brimming with Hollywood tropes.
Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop.
Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it?
After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family.
Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration; Interior Chinatown is the most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet from Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 210 x 135 mm
'One of the funniest books of the year... A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire.' - The Washington Post
Fresh and beautiful... Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition.” - The New York Times Book Review
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