On Sale: October 30, 2018
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Multicultural Asian | Literature and Fiction | Multicultural Contemporary Fiction
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.
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