The Wangs vs. the World
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The Wangs vs. the World

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A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together

One of Entertainment Weekly's Most Anticipated Titles of 2016
A Fall 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick
A Publishers Lunch Fall 16 Buzz Book
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One of Library Journal’s “Five Big Debuts” for Fall 16


Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.

Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

Title:The Wangs vs. the World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0544734092
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:355 pages

    The Wangs vs. the World Reviews

  • Emily May
    Oct 02, 2016

    Hilarious? Well I obviously didn't get it.The Wangs vs. the World has been getting a lot of buzz lately, riding in on the recent wave of financial crisis lit. It's about a wealthy immigrant Chinese fa...

  • Larry H
    Sep 05, 2016

    Before I start my review of Jade Chang's The Wangs vs. the World , here's a question: how do you feel when an author has their characters frequently speak in a different language, and they don't prov...

  • Cheri
    Jun 07, 2016

    NOW AVAILABLEThis debut novel is a very entertaining read. In some ways, it’s similar to The Nest, but without the backstabbing sibling rivalry, with somewhat quirkier and more likeable characters. ...

  • Paromjit
    Oct 22, 2016

    This is a novel that immerses itself in the Wang family when their wealth disappears completely in the 2008 financial markets crash. It is exacerbated by Charles Wang's inability to follow the advice ...

  • Angela M
    Oct 05, 2016

    I'm less than a third of the way in and I've already decided this is not for me . It could be that I just don't have a sense of humor as I wasn't finding the story as hilarious as some others have de...

  • Liz
    Jan 09, 2017

    I was looking forward to this book. But it never succeeded in grabbing my interest. It was supposed to be funny, right? There's a premise similar to The Nest, in that a family that had money loses it ...

  • Maxwell
    Nov 06, 2016

    I expected a lot more from this book, and it's often those books that are the most disappointing. But I would've rather hated this book than feel apathetic towards it, as I do. I appreciate what the b...

  • Ellie
    Oct 01, 2016

    What a wonderful book; one of the most satisfying reads I've had in a while.The Wangs are a family of five: Charles, the father, a wealthy manufacturer of cosmetics living in Los Angelos, and his chil...

  • Laurie Anderson
    Mar 08, 2017

    I really enjoyed this story. It took a couple of turns I wasn't expecting and I loved that. The multiple points of view were handled skillfully, as are the dialog, and layers of interwoven personal dr...

  • Hannah
    Nov 26, 2016

    It is 2008 and the Wang family have just lost all their money and their company due to the not so great decisions made by their father, Charles. Charles and his wife Barbra pick up the youngest two ch...

About Jade Chang

Jade Chang

Jade Chang's debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, is being published on October 4, 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is a journalist who has covered arts, culture, and cities and a recipient of the Sundance Fellowship for Arts Journalism, the AIGA/Winterhouse Award for Design Criticism, and the James D. Houston Memorial scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She was recently