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Holding Pattern by Jenny Xie
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Jun 18, 2024 | ISBN 9780593539712

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“With warmth and humor, Xie’s debut novel upends the expected immigrant-parent-and-first-generation-daughter narrative.” – Washington Post

“Exquisite and wise…what unspools [in Holding Pattern] is often so tender that it hurts. But hope threads us back, encourages us to understand the intricacies of this life, and then to try again.” – New York Times

“Driven by Xie’s irresistible voice, this is a warm and funny debut about longing and belonging, the mother-daughter bond, and finding intimacy in an increasingly alienated world.” – Vogue

“Fans of mother-daughter stories will find much to love about this tender story on finding reconnection.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Xie brings humor, hope and cultural depth to a familiar story.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] funny and sharp debut….Xie’s strong character work keeps the narrative bubbling along on its episodic arc, and her affectionate study of the ways Kathleen and Marissa madden and inspire each other adds depth. This author is off to a stellar start.” – Publishers Weekly

“Xie is a deft chronicler of the ways power shifts between people. What emerges is a novel offering a lucid examination of a range of relationships: those between a mother and daughter, old friends, and more passing acquaintances. An engaging and heartwarming story.” –Kirkus

“Xie’s novel is full of mother-daughter emotions and beautiful moments of love and light.” – Booklist

“Xie brings her expansive spirit to a healing narrative that wraps, weaves, and folds into you…There is so much heart in these pages, so much wisdom on how we love. This book had me in its orbit, from beginning to end.” – Weike Wang, author of Joan is Okay
“Jenny Xie writes sentences that absolutely sparkle on the page. Holding Pattern glimmers with wit, with intelligence, with affection and chagrin…infused with compassion, good humor, and hope.” – Alice McDermott, author of The Ninth Hour
“Tender and hilarious…Jenny Xie gives readers a complicated and refreshingly honest view of heartbreak, loneliness, and caregiving in a technocratic, consumerist world.” – Jean Chen Ho, author of Fiona and Jane

“A radiant and illuminating novel that asks big questions and entertains us grandly along the way… hopeful, incisive, and exquisitely observed.” –Kyle Lucia Wu, author of Win Me Something
“A deeply moving novel about a young woman’s search for intimacy… Every page brims with intelligence and insight.” –Alexandra Chang, author of Days of Distraction

“A sparkling jewel of a book, lighting up all the most alienating and bizarre features of our contemporary world with its brilliant language. Jenny Xie writes about the alienation and darkness of our world with a hopeful pen, her literary genius shining through on every page and through the vivid portrayals of each character. I flew through this book and grieved its ending.” –Lydia Conklin, author of Rainbow Rainbow

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