Family Trust

Family Trust

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A family saga based in Silicon Valley that follows the Huang family as they come to terms with their patriarch's terminal cancer diagnosis and anticipate the distribution of his highly valuable estate.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018].
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062855251
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm.


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As Stanley Huang's death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust skewers... Read More »

Reviews call this "a globe-trotting, whirlwind, tragi-comic family saga." A great escape read! (Erna, Island Library)

"This family saga based in Silicon Valley follows the Huang family as they come to terms with their patriarch's terminal cancer diagnosis and anticipate the distribution of his highly valuable estate."

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Dec 29, 2019

The open greed and the chaotic one-upmanship of this novel was too much for me. Yes, it was witty, but the globe-trotting characters were so one-dimensional.

Mar 21, 2019

Family, aspiration anchored relationships, financial stature maneuvering, legacy seeking … the banality of it all; embossed with a California Chinese society texture. Family Trust, Kathy Wang's novel comes across as an obliquely revelatory, sobering read. If corkage fees are front and center, then it's time to take stock of one's so-called life.

Mar 07, 2019

Clever, entertaining, informative and oftentimes funny. I look forward to other works by Kathy Wang.

Mar 04, 2019

I had never heard of Crazy Rich Asians before beginning this book, so this was a complete cultural discovery for me. The theme of a super-organized, financially savvy ex-wife battling all sorts of family issues surpasses all cultural boundaries, however, and Linda comes out on top, regardless of her financial bracket. You're rooting for her all the way. A bit slow to take off, the plot soon thickens and soars through to the end.

Feb 16, 2019

I thought this a powerful, extremely well-written book, depicting a kind of parallel cultural universe right under our noses that most of us will never be privy to; and for that, very educational.

Feb 11, 2019

Corporate worlds and capitalism. Oh, and let's not forget the big, money and more terms of inheritance that is. The whole story revolved around what the kids thought was theirs, what the wife wanted and what the ex-wife felt she was entitled to given the years she put up with Stanley, the man dying of pancreatic cancer. Kathy Wang did well creating shallow characters that you couldn't help but hate them all and then in the end wishing you could get back the time you wasted reading her book.

Jan 03, 2019

I have to agree with commenter, gatesfamli - - the characters were routinely shallow and superficial to an inordinate degree - - one easily loses interest after the first fifteen pages, although I did read it through to the bitter end. Not recommending this author, sad to say.
[This was my fault - - I had meant to get the book by Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. The World - - messed that one up!]

Dec 12, 2018

Great read, kept me entertained, didn't want to put it down.

debwalker Sep 17, 2018

Story of the Huang family and the power of money to make people do crazy things. In the growing Crazy Rich Asian genre of Asian American sagas.


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