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A Quitter's Paradise

A Quitter's Paradise

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Penny, Eleanor’s former supervisor, disapproves of the arrangement because she believes Eleanor is a good scientist who’s not living up to her potential. This book is still in a different vein, though, as it is primarily about grief and trying to overcome the obstacles of immigration and attempting to find the American Dream for one Taiwanese family. Elysha Chang employs multiple points of view in this novel and while I can see the utility of that (e.

The book alternates between this present timeline and a past timeline focused on Eleanor's parents and her childhood. The writing in this one is fairly accessible; I finished the book over the course of two days while I was in vacation in California. Summer’s here, the days are longer, and we’re delivering lots of Poured Over Double Shot episodes to help you plan your summer reading, starting with Jonathan Eig and Héctor Tobar on June 1st. Chang starts with Eleanor in 1st person present day, and goes back to her parents' early years in Taiwan using a 3rd person narrative.Rather than confront her grief and the ways she’s complicated her own life, she allows her actions to put her job and relationship in jeopardy. A graduate of Columbia’s MFA Program, she has received fellowships from the Center for Fiction and Kundiman.

asks] what it means for a first-generation daughter to stop striving, to want a meaningful life on different terms. Alternating between present and past, first and third person narration, the story follows the members of Liu family. Yet readers also see the yearning for love and wells of compassion hidden beneath his self-protective exterior. A funny and endearing story made up of vivid characters, A Quitters Paradise tackles grief and complicated family dynamics. The book is primarily centered on Eleanor in the present day, but there are chapters that focus on her parents’ relationship and the building of their business, her older sister, and the family’s dynamic.Many described this book "hilarious": I don't agree with this, the main character is quite unique and quirky at times, but I would never say that she is funny or the book hilarious. While the first part of the novel is written tightly, it starts to unspool more and more in ever widening circles as it progresses. I thought that the novel started strong yet the plot felt a bit meandering at times, acquiring a more contemplative nature towards the end. On one hand, I can see the merits of A Quitter’s Paradise’s concept: a Chinese American woman struggling to cope with the grief over her mother’s recent death as well as estrangement from her other family members. A bittersweet family saga about a young woman from a second generation immigrant family coping with her mother’s death.

I loved the way the author alternated between current day Eleanor and the stories of her family that explain so much about why she is the way she is. The author uses the same things I've seen in other books -- the children assume their family debt, parents pressure them to pay as well show respect with dignity while paying these bills; don't complain or bring shame -- not further shame, just shame to the family. While the immigrant experience sections felt a bit clichéd to the core, I found Eleanor parents' backstory (Jing and Rita) very compelling.

But it could be because I preferred the past timeline over the present one, so I was more interested in how that played out. We also follow from the viewpoints of each of her parents in Taipei before they came to the US, before having had any children, and from Eleanor's sister's vantage point. In Eleanor and her family, Elysha Chang has created captivating characters, who continuously surprised, delighted, and intrigued me—so much so that I didn’t want to leave them. Throughout the book, we readers watch Eleanor make impulsive decisions that she can’t even understand or explain to herself. What kept this from being a perfect novel for me is that it tries to cover too much ground (it doesn’t quite manage the pithy restraint of CHEMISTRY or Rachel Khong’s GOODBYE, VITAMIN), and the ending left me scratching my head a bit.

Women make choices to get themselves ahead by forging practical relationships and marrying, only to slowly be out manuevered and forced into a corner to forfeit their own work, motivations.She’s a very traumatized woman who comes from an abusive family, and she isn’t making any attempts to recover or get help. I find the parental/child relationship hard to take, and more of a business than dictionary definition representation of family. Eleanor, however, is comfortable and thinks to herself, “Yes, I have had to face the fact that I quit.



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