The Chinese immigrant’s collision with America and the meaning of home in Weike Wang’s savage novel of bereavement, Joan is Okay

Joan is Okay By Weike Wang, pub. Random HouseIt may even be intentional. The title design on the first page of Weike Wang’s second novel, Joan is Okay, drops a tiny magnetic “is” within the embrace of a large “O” so a reader’s scanning eye might easily catch and see instead a question: Is Joan Okay – which is also the novel’s investigation into its protagonist, Joan (Jiu-an), a competent, Harvard-educated daughter of Chinese immigrants who returned home.Joan is a woman who buries herself in her…


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