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A Long Stay in a Distant Land

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A hilarious and inventive first novel tracing three generations of a death-stalked Chinese-American family in Orange County, California The Lums are ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
jerjonji

And you thought your family was complicated...

by jerjonji on Feb 21, 2008

I laughed, I cried, I laughed again. I want to see a movie version of it. Actually, when I finished it, I searched for what else this author has written and am anxiously waiting for his next book. Visual, real, more than a coming of age story- more like a learning to cope with the family God's given you story. Lewis Lum is convinced that the Lum family is cursed and that Death is collecting the remaining members one by one as revenge for his grandfather cheating it. If you think that Death is chasing you, it affects some of the decisions you make- like you never eat hamburger at fast food restaurants, you always look both ways two or three times before crossing the street, and you invite Jesus into your heart three hundred and fifty times... but that's just the beginning. A quirky family tale that made me laugh and giggle, Chieng does a great job of making a different culture accessible and comprehensible to the non-Chinese reader while at the same time portraying a loving, but somewhat manipulative family. One of my favorite passages is when Lewis is eating out in Hong Kong and orders turnip cakes. When the golden cakes arrive at the table, he smells them carefully, examining every inch before tasting them. His grandmother had made the terrible tasting things from an old family recipe for every family gathering (which is mostly premature funerals from bizarre events) and nobody likes them. For the first time in his life, Lewis is about to discover what they are really supose to taste like. It's an awesome scene and one I wish I'd written.

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