Books by Gish Jen

WORLD AND TOWN by Gish Jen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

In Jen's latest (The Love Wife, 2004, etc.) a retired teacher—the daughter of an American missionary who abandoned organized Christianity and a Chinese father descended from Confucius—struggles to put her life back together after the deaths of her husband and best friend. Read full book review >
THE LOVE WIFE by Gish Jen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2004

"Well wrought and admirably tough-minded, though readers charmed by Jen's earlier, easier work (Mona in the Promised Land, 1996, etc.) may find this one more of a challenge."
Psychologically and politically astute tale of American multicultural family life. Read full book review >
MONA IN THE PROMISED LAND by Gish Jen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1996

"In tracing the (guardedly triumphant) struggles of one young woman to be herself, borrowing from a variety of traditions without being constrained by any of them, Jen gives us an affecting story- -precise, often very funny—and a wonderfully idiosyncratic heroine."
``American means being whatever you want,'' the intensely bright and high-spirited protagonist of Jen's second novel (after Typical American, 1991) declares to her mother early in the narrative, and this droll, moving work presents an unsparing analysis of the allure and tolls of that freedom. Read full book review >