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Chemistry by Weike Wang

Chemistry recently won the PEN/Hemingway award and the striking yellow cover caught my eye. It's a coming of age story and the protagonist faces expectations from everyone in her life--her parents, her boyfriend, her teachers, even her best friend.

Wang's writing style is intimate and keeps the reader close to the story while simultaneously immersing the reader in an anxious life that the protagonist herself is pushing away.

 

 The novel  Chemistry  by Weike Wang.

The novel Chemistry by Weike Wang.

There were a few moments in this book that I laughed and more than a few that made me think: about myself and especially about the strength we expect from immigrants and first-generation Americans.