Family Trust

Family Trust

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: London :, Head of Zeus,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781789543469
1789543460
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 23 cm.

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capitalcity
Mar 21, 2019

Family, aspiration anchored relationships, financial stature maneuvering, legacy seeking … the banality of it all; embossed with a California Chinese society texture. Family Trust, Kathy Wang's novel comes across as an obliquely revelatory, sobering read. If corkage fees are front and center, then it's time to take stock of one's so-called life.

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KatherineHere
Feb 16, 2019

I thought this a powerful, extremely well-written book, depicting a kind of parallel cultural universe right under our noses that most of us will never be privy to; and for that, very educational.

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Alma_Anya
Feb 11, 2019

Corporate worlds and capitalism. Oh, and let's not forget the big one.....money, money and more money...in terms of inheritance that is. The whole story revolved around what the kids thought was theirs, what the wife wanted and what the ex-wife felt she was entitled to given the years she put up with Stanley, the man dying of pancreatic cancer. Kathy Wang did well creating shallow characters that you couldn't help but hate them all and then in the end wishing you could get back the time you wasted reading her book.

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StarGladiator
Jan 03, 2019

I have to agree with commenter, gatesfamli - - the characters were routinely shallow and superficial to an inordinate degree - - one easily loses interest after the first fifteen pages, although I did read it through to the bitter end. Not recommending this author, sad to say.
[This was my fault - - I had meant to get the book by Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. The World - - messed that one up!]

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Deborahzamora
Dec 12, 2018

Great read, kept me entertained, didn't want to put it down.

debwalker Sep 17, 2018

Story of the Huang family and the power of money to make people do crazy things. In the growing Crazy Rich Asian genre of Asian American sagas.

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