Interior Chinatown

A Novel

paperback, 288 pages

Published Nov. 17, 2020 by Vintage.

ISBN:
9780307948472

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4 stars (1 review)

2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire. -- The Washington Post

From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he's merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy--the most respected …

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