Book: Typical American

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Typical American: A Novel

Author: Gish Jen
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Publisher: Plume Books

This wonderful, bittersweet novel of misadventure and creeping assimilation begins in 1947, when the Shanghai-based Changs send young Ralph halfway around the world to study in New York. He sets off with two goals in mind—to master engineering and to avoid girls at any cost.

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