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Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang
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Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang
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Jan 18, 2022 | ISBN 9780525654834

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Joan Is Okay is a scathingly witty primer on how and how not to manage the impossibilities of either practicing medicine or being an immigrant in America, as well as a moving evocation of the kinds of both isolation and solace inherent in being a workaholic. Weike Wang is wonderful at understated sadness presented without a twinge of self-pity.”—Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron

An engrossing and disarming novel. Joan is fine—self-contained and smart. The problem is other people. I loved this book and didn’t want it to end.”—Marcy Dermansky, author of Very Nice

“Joan is the perfect guide for our troubled times. She interprets American culture and immigrant life with rare wisdom and laugh-out-loud humor. I was left circling sentence after sentence. Wang’s writing glows and offers readers profound and perceptive insights about how we define home, health, work, and family.”—Heidi Pitlor, author of Impersonation
 
“Joan isn’t just okay, she’s wonderful. I could listen to her smart, witty voice forever. Incisive yet tender, written with elegant style and delicious comic verve, Wang’s story of the day-to-day life of a gifted young Chinese-American ICU doctor amply fulfills the outstanding promise of her debut novel.”—Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-Winning author of The Friend

“I would read anything Weike Wang writes, even a cereal box. With skillful and singular insight, humor, and heart, in her new novel she navigates impossible-to-talk-about territory: grief, family, the straddling of two cultures. Joan is Okay, like Joan herself, is brilliant, subtly powerful, and different—in the best way.”—Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin

“Written in a distinct, original style, this story is subtle, nuanced, intense. It shows the complicated facets of the immigrant experience and speaks to many current immigrants’ condition. 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, National Book Award-Winning author of Waiting

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