Book Review for FAMILY TRUST by Kathy Wang
FAMILY TRUST by Kathy Wang
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought:
FAMILY TRUST chronicles a moment in the Huang family’s life when things are in serious flux. Throughout the book, we see the cast of characters go through ups and downs both individually and together.
What makes this book strong and quite frankly interesting are two things. The first is the rich cultural background of the family. This element is carefully woven into each of the personalities we encounter, but not to the point where anything is overdone. The second thing which pulled me into the narrative was the author's writing. Wang gives her reader just a short glimpse into the lives of those in the Huang family, but you can really get a sense of who they all are. I felt as if I had known this group my whole life.
With humor, heart, and a whole lot of drama this book was definitely worth a read. Though it did remind me of THE NEST, the unique voices of the characters are much richer in this book.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Some of us are more equal than others....
Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous.
For his son Fred, the inheritance Stanley has long alluded to would soothe the pain caused by years of professional disappointment. By now, the Harvard Business School graduate had expected to be a financial tech god – not a minor investor at a middling corporate firm, where he isn’t even allowed to fly business class.
Stanley’s daughter, Kate, is a middle manager with one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious tech companies. She manages the capricious demands of her world-famous boss and the needs of her two young children all while supporting her would-be entrepreneur husband (just until his startup gets off the ground, which will surely be soon). But lately, Kate has been sensing something amiss; just because you say you have it all, it doesn’t mean that you actually do.
Stanley’s second wife, Mary Zhu, twenty-eight years his junior, has devoted herself to making her husband comfortable in every way—rubbing his feet, cooking his favorite dishes, massaging his ego. But lately, her commitment has waned; caring for a dying old man is far more difficult than she expected.
Linda Liang, Stanley’s first wife, knows her ex better than anyone. She worked hard for decades to ensure their financial security, and is determined to see her children get their due. Single for nearly a decade, she might finally be ready for some romantic companionship. But where does a seventy-two year old Chinese woman in California go to find an appropriate boyfriend?
As Stanley’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 the ambition and desires that drive Silicon Valley and draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life.
About the Author: Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. Family Trust is her first novel.
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (October 30, 2018)
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