By Gish Jen
From the much-loved writer of Who’s Irish? and the affection spouse, a world-sized novel set in a small New England town.Hattie Kong—the lively offspring of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary to China—has, in her 50th 12 months of residing within the usa, misplaced either her husband and her ally to melanoma. it really is an completely devastating loss, in fact, and in addition heartbreakingly absurd: a bit, she thinks, “like having twins. She acquired to e-book an identical church with an identical pianist for either funerals and did imagine she must have gotten a few kind of twofer from the crematorium.”But now, years later, it's time for Hattie to begin over. She strikes to town of Riverlake, the place she is quickly joined by means of an immigrant Cambodian kinfolk at the run from their inner-city problems, in addition as—quite unexpectedly—by a just-retired neuroscientist ex-lover named Carter Hatch. them all are, like Hattie, trying to find a brand new commence in a city that may as soon as have represented the rock-solid base of yankee lifestyles yet that's itself challenged, in 2001, through cell-phone towers and chain shops, suffering kin farms and fundamentalist Christians.What Hattie makes of this example is on the middle of a singular that asks deep and soaking up questions on faith, domestic, the United States, what pals are, what love is, and, within the biggest experience, what “worlds” we make of the world.Moving, funny, compassionate, and expansive, international and city is as wealthy in personality because it is brilliantly evocative of its time and position. this can be a really masterful novel—enthralling, crucial, and gratifying.