Mona in the Promised Land

by Gish Jen

Book, 1996



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New York : Knopf, 1996.


It is 1968, the dawn of ethnicity, and though some nice Chinese girls are turning more Chinese, teenaged Mona Chan is turning Jewish, much to her parents' chagrin.

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LibraryThing member ijustgetbored
Important note: Read Jen's first novel FIRST, and then the end of Mona won't seem too slapdash and tacked-on, too easy. You really need the context of the first novel to get the full impact of that one.

That said, the characters are great individuals, individually lovable and frustrating and
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exasperating-- in other words, they're people. And they're teenagers in the 1960s, with racial tension stretching from China and Japan's conflict to black and white clashes. Protestant and Jewish clashes. And in all of this, Jen maintains a high level of downright hilarity. She's a wonderful writer, and this is one book you won't want to return to the library.
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LibraryThing member autumnesf
This book is the second about this family. You really need to read the first book about Mona's parents, immigrants from China, to understand where Mona is coming from at times (Typical American is the name of the first book). The book is about a first generation American Born Chinese girl and her
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teenage years. I love that she decides she is Jewish and converts. An interesting look at being a minority and learning to adapt and finding your place in the world.
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LibraryThing member Prop2gether
Cute story premise--the young Chinese-American in the the sixties who decides to become a Jew, but the story rapidly loses its focus and momentum. Short episodes fill out the book from about the half-way point, and the ending was seriously disappointing in trying to explain every story line.
LibraryThing member auraesque
A quick read interesting but not a book I'd read again. It was okay.
LibraryThing member purlewe
I am a huge fan of Gish Jen. I don't know when I first encountered her, but I like her stories about growing up in America.

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