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Joan Is Okay: A Novel
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Weike Wang was born in Nanjing, China, and grew up in Australia, Canada, and the United States. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her doctorate in public health. Her first novel, Chemistry, received the PEN/ Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, the Ploughshares John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a Whiting Award. She is a "5 Under 35" honoree of the National Book Foundation and her work has appeared in The New Yorker. She currently lives in New York City.

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"Incisive yet tender, written with elegant style and delicious verve. Joan isn't just okay, she's wonderful. I could listen to her smart, witty voice forever."-Sigrid Nunez

"Joan . . . is solitary, literal-minded and extremely awkward-all of which contribute to the hilarity of this novel."-New York Times

"A wry, wise, and simply spectacular book."-People ("Book of the Week")

"A smart, powerful, and very contemporary read that touches on the struggles shaping the very world we live in today."-Town & Country

"The uncomfortable humor and weird politics of family are front and center . . . all delivered with surprisingly caustic wit."-Esquire

"Unflinchingly, Joan Is Okay challenges some of our fundamental views on home, belonging, family. A smart, quietly engaging novel that is also warm and moving."-Ha Jin

"Wang has created a compelling character, utterly distinct, and the novel is carried by her dispassionate, clear-eyed, and often drily amusing narration. [The book's] powerful insights will resonate with many."-Claire Messud, Harper's

"Wang takes us into the heart of the matter: death, dysfunction, xenophobia, misogyny, and the chronic misapprehension that passes between people of good intentions. The miracle that emerges, then, is just how funny this book is, how compassionate and visionary."-Joshua Ferris

"I am staggered by Wang's humor, heart, and brilliance. I loved Joan and I am pressing this book into your hands."-Lily King

"This is an Asian American novel like no other, set in the heart of the pandemic, in the city I call home. Joan is my hero."-Ed Park

"Full of sly wit, off-kilter observations, and misanthropic poetry. Readers will find in Joan a kindred soul."-Lillian Li

"Joan is the perfect guide for our troubled times. I was left circling sentence after sentence."-Heidi Pitlor

"Joan is a character I will be thinking about for a long time to come. I could not put this book down."-Angie Kim

"Brilliant, precise, excruciatingly funny . . . Joan wins your deepest admiration at the same time as her vulnerability breaks your heart."-Lara Vapnyar

"Joan's voice and world view are hard to shake, and Wang's writing is immensely rewarding and enjoyable."-Charles Yu

"Scathingly witty . . . Wang is wonderful at understated sadness presented without a twinge of self-pity."-Jim Shepard

"Brilliant, subtly powerful, and different-in the best way."-Rachel Khong

"Joan Is Okay charts the internal story of the mythic immigrant success narrative in a tragicomedy about the costs of generational betterment."-Mona Simpson

"A tender and enduring portrayal of the difficulties of forging one's own path after spending a life between cultures."-Publishers Weekly

"Joan is such an idiosyncratic character, and Wang's style so wry and piercing, that the novel is its own category . . . As one of a kind as its memorable main character."-Kirkus Reviews

"Insightful and hopeful."-BookRiot

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